Preston North End take on Millwall and on-loan Lions defender Charlie Cresswell could feature against his hometown club.

North End play their final game before the World Cup break on Saturday afternoon.

Millwall are the visitors to Deepdale with Gary Rowett no doubt looking to continue his great record against PNE.

Ryan Lowe would love to head into the World Cup with a win, especially as it would give North End four wins in a row.


Millwall have lost just once in the last eight so this will be a tough game – especially with defender Cresswell likely to play.

The Leeds United loanee took a boot to the face from Hull City striker Oscar Estupinan last week and suffered a quite ridiculous black eye as well as a few cuts.

Cresswell played the whole game and Millwall have today posted a photo of the defender bandaged up in training, stating that there is ‘no stopping him’.

That would suggest that Cresswell is ready to play against North End and return to his hometown.

Yes, Cresswell as born in Preston back in August 2002 as he is the son of former North End striker Richard Cresswell.

The defender ended up in the Leeds ranks though, where Richard coached in the academy between 2018 and 2019.

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Richard is still well-remembered at North End.

Signed on loan from Leicester City in 2001, Cresswell scored just minutes into his debut against Wolves in what was the last night of the old Town End at Deepdale.

The striker ended up signing permanently and scored 57 times in 206 outings for North End before leaving for Leeds in 2005.

Cresswell always gave his all and you could argue that he could did a lot of the dirty work to free up Ricardo Fuller’s magic.

The former PNE striker will be watching tomorrow’s game closely with son Charlie no doubt hoping to frustrate North End.

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