(LONDON, ENGLAND) – The Football Association has paid tribute to Rushden & Diamonds and England C goalkeeper, Dale Roberts, who died on Tuesday. Dale, 24, picked up five caps for England C and was first choice in the side last season.
England C manager, Paul Fairclough, said: “On behalf of The Football Association Representative Matches Committee, England C team staff and players, I wish to say how saddened I am at the tragic loss of life of Dale Roberts.
“Dale, as well as being an outstanding goalkeeper, was an outstanding young man in every sense of the word.
“These sentiments serve little to describe the magnitude of this shocking bereavement.
“My thoughts are with his family and all those who have been touched by this true gentleman.”
The FA’s General Secretary, Alex Horne, added: “On behalf of everyone at The FA, I’d like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dale Roberts.
“England C Team manager, Paul Fairclough, and everyone connected with the squad have had nothing but good things to say about Dale.
“It’s a tragic loss of life and will be felt throughout the football family.”
Dale was a football scholar at Middlesbrough and then Sunderland before he moved on and played for Nottingham Forest, Eastwood Town, Alfreton and Rushden & Diamonds.