Woods in the jungle! Chris flies the flag for the borough at World Cup in Brazil

Chris Woods
Chris Woods

Chris Woods is currently involved in his third World Cup... even if he has swapped the St George’s Cross for the star spangled banner this time.

The 54-year-old - who travelled with England to two World Cups - now passes on his expertise as the USA’s goalkeeping coach.

He is working with Everton’s Tim Howard, Brad Guzan of Aston Villa and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake City) as the States attempt to navigate their way out of Group G, which includes Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

Woods, originally from Swineshead and a former Kirton school pupil, began working with the States at the request of Howard, who he was coaching at Everton.

Woods, who still has family in this area, was on the bench alongside USA boss Jürgen Klinsmann as his side snatched a dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday.

They now travel to Manaus in the Amazon to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on Sunday before the daunting prospect of facing Germany in Recife a week on Thursday.

Last summer Woods moved to Old Trafford to work with his former Toffees boss David Moyes but after leaving Manchester United, he has been putting all his attentions into the Brazil 2014 push.

Being at the World Cup completes a special hat-trick for Woods.

The goalkeeper was part of the Three Lions’ squads for two World Cups, Mexico 86 and Italia 90.

And although he didn’t see any action on the pitch - stalwart Peter Shilton was England’s number one through those years - he still now has the honour of having a hand in a trio of tournaments at the very top level.

The build-up to Woods’ Mexico 86 campaign centred largely around his proposed move to Glasgow Rangers, where he moved for £600,000 following England’s quarter-final exit to Argentina.

Woods remained England’s number two through the Italia 90 campaign - missing out on a possible start in the third-place match as Bobby Robson allowed Shilton a farewell start for his 125th cap.

In his own career, Woods earned 43 caps and was England’s number one in the 1992 European Championships.