A junior doctor at the North Devon District Hospital is making his debut for the Great Britain medical football team.

Marcos Kostalas is in Britain’s 23-man squad for the World Medical Football Championships in Malmo, Sweden.

Britain are one of the favourites to win the event, having lost to Spain in the final last year.

They are battling for the title with Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

Marcos flew out on Saturday in time for a training session and the opening ceremony, before the team started six matches in a quick-fire format.

Britain started on Sunday with a 6-1 win over Austria and followed it with a 2-1 victory over Brazil on Monday. They play USA today (Wednesday) and then have a rest day before the knock-out stages start on Thursday, climaxing with the final this Saturday.

They are playing on training pitches belonging to top Swedish side Malmo, next to their 24,000-capacity Swedbank stadium.

Marcos, a right-back, earned his place in the squad after coming through trials at Peterborough earlier this year.

He is hoping for better luck than last year, when he missed out on the tournament in Manchester due to a foot injury.

John Taylor, clinical lead for general surgery for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Being selected to represent Great Britain is a tremendous achievement for Marcos and everyone at NDDH hopes he and the team can bring home the trophy.”