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In-form Manchester City and England star James Milner became the second Premier League player of the season to support the PlayStation Schools’ Cup, as he made a surprise appearance at The East Manchester Academy.

Located just a stone’s throw from Manchester City’s stunning Etihad Stadium, the school hosted a fantastic Tie of the Round roadshow with James taking part in the U12 Boys’ team’s pre-match warm-up as well as taking to the virtual pitch with a game of FIFA 15 against a pupil.

James also fielded questions in the Q&A session, including his most memorable moment for Manchester City and the biggest joker in the club’s dressing room. You can read the full Q&A here.

James commented: “It was great to come and support the PlayStation Schools’ Cup and get behind this fantastic grassroots initiative. I was incredibly impressed with both the facilities and the enthusiasm of the pupils at The East Manchester Academy and it was a really enjoyable day. I wish the PlayStation Schools’ Cup was around when I was at school as it gives kids a chance to play against teams from all around the country and helps them to nurture their talent.”

Pupils were treated to a day to remember as they enjoyed a PlayStation gaming zone in the school’s Sports Hall, as well as taking part in coaching sessions laid on by the English Schools’ FA.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to East Manchester Academy for both their incredible hospitality and facilities which ensured for a popular and successful event.