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World Cup Glory for Former Rover

9 June 2014

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Barrick Bags Senior Trophy.

As Roy Hodgson’s England side step up their World Cup preparations in Brazil ahead of Saturday’s Group D game against Italy, they could take inspiration from their older – if not wiser – counterparts.

Led by former Rovers left back Dean Barrick – who made 68 appearances for Doncaster between 2001-2003 – the England seniors side won the World Cup in Thailand by beating Scotland on penalties.

Barrick, who also had spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United, was representing the Harrogate Veterans, who play on behalf of the national side and took to social media to speak of his delight, “Winning a world cup on my fathers 70th birthday is an amazing feeling. I can't emphasise enough what my parents support throughout my career meant to me. Also very special to win it with 4 ex team mates who all remember them,” he said.

Tributes to Barrick’s achievement poured in from a variety of well-wishers including ex-teammate Tim Ryan who said, “It’s a big achievement for Dean, he’s obviously still very fit to play at that level, so full credit to him.”

Ryan was speaking alongside former Rovers ‘keeper Jan Budtz in a feature length interview for Rovers Player prior to the World Cup, which will be available soon.

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