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Rhys Jones’ dad says tragic son could have become Everton legend

Rhys Jones’ dad says his son would have ­become an Everton legend if his life had not been cut short.

Steve Jones is convinced the 11-year-old – who was gunned down by gang member Sean Mercer in 2007 – could have been England’s answer to Brazil star Roberto Carlos thanks to his wand of a left foot.

Toffees fan Rhys was returning from football practice in Croxteth, Liverpool, when he inadvertently walked into a gang fight and was shot in the neck.

And Steve said: “From the videos you watch, he plays a good game.

"You’d like to have thought he could go on to become ­professional but you never know.

"Every parent thinks their child is gifted.

“We always said he was going to be a Roberto Carlos when he grew up ­because he was only small of stature and he was left-footed.

"He idolised the Everton players.”

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