Three teens from south Mumbai slums, who picked up football about four years ago, have been invited for training programmes in London and Germany, all expenses paid.

All three are students at a Hindi-medium municipal school in Colaba, and are part of the school’s football team as well. While Sunil Tulsiram Rathod and Sunil Mohan Rathod (not related) have been selected for a 16-day training session with professional English club, Queen Park Rangers in London, Kumar Rathod will head to Germany to learn football on a six-year full scholarship. The first two played in the under-16 tournament organized by the Milind Deora Foundation. Their team may have lost, but they were deemed good enough to be selected for training in London. They are to leave on August 16. Kumar, meanwhile, will leave on August 20.

None of the boys have ever gone out of the country and are very excited.