Dyke meets Prince Harry

Updated: June 24, 2014

His Royal Highness Prince Harry met FA Chairman Greg Dyke in Belo Horizonte in the build-up to Costa Rica v England on Tuesday.

The Prince inspected the replica of the original minute book from the formation of The FA in 1863.

He was attending the Minas Tenis Clube in the centre of the city ahead of the Three Lions’ final game at the World Cup.

The minute book has been given by The FA to the Brazilian Embassy, who in turn will donate it to a football museum in Sao Paulo on permanent display.

After studying the historic document, Prince Harry was introduced to International Committee Members Peter Barnes and Darren Eales.

Dyke then accompanied him on a short tour of a photographic display of images from England’s participation in the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

The Chairman said: “Harry’s a great supporter of the England team and like all of us he is disappointed with the results.

“However what he did say was that he felt this was the best England team he’d seen in recent times in terms of the encouraging signs of youth and style of play.

“He told me he’s an Arsenal fan so he’ll have been happy with The FA Cup Final win at the end of the season.”

Prince Harry then joined the many thousands of England fans making their way to the match at Estadio Mineirao, home to Brazilian club Cruzeiro.