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Eastbourne Borough sign up a World Cup winner

Eastbourne Borough sign up a one-time Under-17 World Cup winner goalkeeper on a season-long loan from League One outfit Wycombe Wanderers.

That man is Curtis Anderson who has built up quite a CV, leaving many impressed, and he’s still only 20 years old, however the Covid pandemic stop starting the last few seasons have prevented him from getting going properly.

On the 27th of October 2020, Anderson joined Southern League Premier Division South side Walton Casuals on loan. But, the club’s season was halted shortly after his arrival, before ultimately their season was outright cancelled on the 24th of February 2021.

CLUB STATEMENT:

Eastbourne Borough are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Curtis Anderson on a season-long loan from League One side Wycombe Wanderers.

The 20-year old stopper has already built up quite the CV having played a big part in England’s success in the 2017 U17 World Cup which saw them win the tournament, beating Spain in the final.

And the keeper, who will provide competition for the number 1 jersey after Franco Ravizzoli’s departure to MK Dons last month, can’t wait for the season to get underway and is poised to make his first appearance for the Sports at Folkestone tomorrow (Saturday).

“Obviously I’m really excited,” Anderson told the club website.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in front of fans, last season the team did really well and personally I want that to continue. I want to be part of a team fighting to get promoted.

“Even though I’m young, I’m quite experienced in high-pressure games. Every game in itself is high-pressure, especially for a team who want to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

“Having that experience of playing tournament football and winning can only be a positive and I look forward to the challenge.”

In 2012, at 11-years old, Anderson moved from Blackpool to Manchester City for a fee of £15,000. Anderson played with Manchester City’s youth and academy sides until moving to second-tier North American side Charlotte Independence in March 2019.

Upon his return to the UK, Anderson joined Wycombe and although he didn’t make a first team appearance last season, he is held in high regard by the Chairboys.

And Borough boss Danny Bloor is looking forward to working with the former England youth international.

“Obviously we knew we needed to bring another goalkeeper in after Franco’s departure,” said Bloor.

“Curtis was always going to be our first choice once we knew he was available. To sign a World Cup winner at a club of our stature shows how far we’ve come on and off the pitch.

“I’d like to thank Wycombe and their goalkeeper coach Lee Harrison for making this possible, and Curtis’ agent – former England U21 goalkeeper – Richard Lee and we look forward to Curtis making his debut at the friendly at Folkestone tomorrow.”

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Eastbourne Borough played out that friendly,goals from Whelpdale, Rollinson and Gravata put them in a great position at the break at Folkestone.

However, the Sports finished the game unbeaten in pre-season after a 3-3 draw following a much changed second half team get minutes in their legs as preparation for the season continues.

The England U17 starting lineup vs Spain for the U17 World Cup Final:

1 Curtis Anderson (Manchester City); 18 Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), 15 Joel Latibeaudiere (capt; Manchester City), 5 Marc Guehi (Chelsea), 6 Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea); 8 Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur), 4 George McEachran (Chelsea); 7 Phil Foden (Manchester City), 19 Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 14 Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea); 9 Rhian Brewster (Liverpool).

Fans reacted as Eastbourne Borough sign up a World Cup winner, see what they had to say below…

@mpollard1983: All the best Curtis

@GrahamPark15: You got a goodun there Eastbourne ⚽️👍

@4thebigdog: Welcome @CurtAndo_

@Higginso1Nicola: Good luck and enjoy @CurtAndo_ xx

@Ratters_16: Bosh. Nice one 🤝 @CurtAndo_

@Bluebellewwfc: Interesting move. Not sure if that means we’re bringing in a more experienced no.2 or just doing without and will recall if Stocko gets injured 🤔🤷🏼‍♀️ Regardless good luck Curtis hope it’s a productive and successful season for you 👍🏻

@LeeCotton1: Does this not show that there’s still problems with player development here in England? The player has an U17 world cup winners medal and four years later is playing non-league football. Do we do enough (as a country) to nurture our successful youth players into the senior game?

@OwenReeman3: Weird one, assumed he’d be number 2 this season after Rocky left. Feel he’s definitely good enough for the football league as well

@theWycombeWay: Thought it was nailed on that he’d be number two this season. This can only mean that another goalkeeper is coming in, someone with experience I’d presume, rather than another young ‘keeper. Good luck @CurtAndo_

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