A teenager who had his foot amputated at birth, has won a bronze medal at the World Amputee Football Championships in Brazil.

Michael Chambers, 15, of Gaskell Road, Penwortham, played in midfield for the England team which lost out to the host nation in the semi-final.

The All Hallows High School pupil helped England secure a place in the semi-final after claiming victories over Sierra Leone, Turkey, and Ukraine in the group stages. The team are one of five national disability squads.

He said: "It's the first time I've competed with them.

"The atmosphere was amazing and nothing like I expected it to be. It was so hot and there were more than a thousand people there at the semi final. It was brilliant."

Michael, who has played for Manchester City Amputated Football Club for 18 months, was born with a club foot and had it amputated at the Booth Hall Hospital, Manchester, a few weeks after he was born.

His passion for football started at school and he played for the All Hallows team. He was plucked for the Manchester City team when he attended trials.

Michael, who celebrates his 16th birthday next week, said mum, Catherine, 37, dad, David, 41, brother, Chris, 17 and sister, Katie, 11, were really proud of him.

He said: "My dad came with me and he was cheering me on.

"I love football and my family were thrilled to bits with me.I love my new medal."