Football: Uppy Days for Twinkle Toes Ryan; OUR KEEPY-UPPY KING WINS A DREAM TRIP TO SAPPORO TO SEE ENGLAND FACE ARGENTINA.(Competition/Offers)

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KEEPY-UPPY king Ryan Owen scooped a trip to the World Cup finals - but only thanks to a last-ditch trip to a local pub.

Ryan, 13, came out on top of the Sunday Mirror's ball-juggling competition, run in conjunction with McDonald's, after impressing judges Sir Geoff Hurst, John Barnes and former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison.

Twelve youngsters from across the country took part in the final in west London after coming through four regional heats held in Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham and the capital.

But winner Ryan from Workington, Cumbria, nearly missed out on entering the competition altogether, because his father's car broke down as he was about to leave for the regional heat in Glasgow.

Dad Rhys explained: "When the car packed up I dashed into my local pub and asked any of the lads if they could give us a lift.

"I promised that whoever drove us that if Ryan won he could have a trip to Japan with us. …