James Lanham walks onto the Wembley pitch with striker Marcus Rashford. Picture: Courtesy of the Football Association

A 12-year-old football fan diagnosed with a brain tumour three years ago lived “every boy’s dream” when he stepped onto the Wembley pitch as a mascot for the England team.

James Lanham, of St Germans, was a mascot at the UEFA Nations League game between England and Croatia and walked with Manchester United and England star striker, Marcus Rashford. 

The day was to celebrate the end of James’ 18-month course of chemotherapy treatment for a brain tumour.

When Debbie and Karl Lanham decided to take James to the football as a treat to mark the end of his chemotherapy, Rays of Sunshine, a charity which grants wishes to seriously ill children, organised for him to be a mascot.

His mum said: “It was incredible. He enjoys playing and watching football and got really into it during the World Cup. 

“It’s every boy’s dream and something he will never forget.”

James was diagnosed at the age of nine and has had surgery to remove a large proportion of the brain tumour, as well as chemotherapy. 

He is now being monitored to see if he will need further treatment in the future.

James said: “It was an experience I will never forget; I feel really lucky to have met the England team.”

.James, who has a brother Ben, 14, and sister Olivia, 8, is a pupil at King’s Lynn  Academy. 

Mrs Lanham said: “He has hardly missed any school, even throughout his treatment. 

“He has kept up with everything, it hasn’t really stopped him doing anything. He’s incredible.”

James got to keep his England kit, after the match last month, and also high-fived all the team players.

England went on to win the match 2-1.