Forget the footwork of Rooney, Gerrard and Terry, one of England’s key men in South Africa will be using his hands to get the right result.
Former Accrington defender Mark Sertori, 42, is team masseur for the Three Lions’ World Cup squad with England’s campaign kicking off tomorrow night against the USA.
Sertori, who was at Stanley from 2002-3, will have to deal with all the knocks, aches and pains suffered by team members and help ensure they are in tip-top condition throughoutthe tournament.
Following a career across the lower leagues - that also took in Stockport, Lincoln, Wrexham, Bury and York - Mark trained to become a masseur with the Professional Football Association (PFA).
He had already begun his training when he came to Stanley on a semi-pro basis, aged 34, with the Reds in the UniBond Premier league.
With 380 League appearances under his belt, Reds boss John Coleman wanted him to help with the relatively young backline of Robbie Williams, Steve Halford and Jonathan Smith.
This Reds side also included Mike Marsh, Dean Calcutt, Paul Mullin and Lutel James.
Midway through the season, he was released as Smith and Halford made the centre back roles their own and Stanley went on to clinch promotion to the Conference that year.
Sertori moved onto Hyde and opened his own business near Stockport. He was also at Bolton Wanderers with Sam Allardyce before his talents drew the attention of Manchester CIty, where he is currently employed.
And his healing hands have also captured the admiration of Fabio Capello, who called him up to the England squad.
Mark is now with the team at its World Cup base in Rustenburg, South Africa.