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Darren aims to be England's best linesman

Wednesday 11th July 2012
Barnsley linesman Darren England

Barnsley football official Darren England has been selected as a linesman for next season's Premier League.


England, 26, ran the line in the top level of English football for the first time last season in QPR’s thrilling 3-2 win at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium.


He correctly flagged a goal offside and performed strongly in his Football League games which led to him being given five more Premier League games that season.


England has now joined fellow Barnsley man Scott Ledger as a ‘Select Group Assistant Referee’ which means he will be called upon to run the line in Premier League games.


He said: "I can’t wait for the season to start. The Premier League is where everyone involved in English football wants to be and officials are no different.


“The stadiums tend to be bigger, the players are more famous and it is harder to keep up with play because everyone is that bit quicker and the skill level is better. All of these factors increase the pressure on our decisions."


Full story in this week's Chronicle.