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England's triple World Cup winner
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England's amputee squad receive their Caps
England's amputee squad receive their Caps
Like Pele, England Amputees skipper Steve Johnson has won the World Cup on three occasions.

What are your highlights with the England Amputees team?
In our first World Cup success in 1988 we came back from 3-0 down at half-time to El Salvador to win 4-3 after extra-time - very special.

And that was the start of England domination wasn't it?
We beat Brazil 3-2 in the final a year later and I scored the winner 14 seconds from the end of extra-time, and then we made it three wins on the trot in 1990.

Steve Johnson has served England well
Steve Johnson has served England well

I was also voted as world player of the year in 1999 which was a great honour.

What rule adaptations are made in amputee football?
We play seven-a-side on a 70m x 50m pitch, with games played over 25 minutes each way.

Outfield players in amputee football are either above or below knee single leg amputees who play without prostheses (an artificial body part) on aluminium wrist crutches.

The goalkeepers are single arm amputees.

Steve Johnson profile
Teams: Everton Disabled FC & England Amputees
Position: Central midfield
Favourite Player: Mick Lyons (ex-Everton) or a goalscoring Thomas Gravesen
Supports: Everton

Further Rule Adaptations
There are no off-sides
The goalkeeper is not allowed out of the penalty area
Players are not allowed to strike the ball or any other player with their crutches. An infringement would result in a 'hand ball' decision being made against the player with the opposition receiving a direct free-kick
Slide tackles are not allowed
Players kick the ball into play instead of throwing
Players are not allowed to touch the ball with their stump
The goalkeeper is not allowed to save the ball with the stump; a penalty is awarded if this rule is broken

Find out more
Further information on amputee football can be obtained from Steve Johnson who works for the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) on 0161 2475294.
Or call the British Amputee and Les Autres Sports Association on 0115 9260220.

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