British Prime Minister David Cameron and former England footballer Michael Owen visited troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday (December 16).

Cameron and Owen ate breakfast with British soldiers stationed at the camp. The British prime minister then met soldiers from both the Afghan National Army and the British army.

He said that British troops serving in Afghanistan can "hold their heads up high" for helping transform the country and providing training for the Afghan National Army and police force.

The prime minister has visited troops serving in the country every Christmas since taking office in 2010.

Michael Owen was in Afghanistan as part of a new joint initiative between the English Football Association and Afghanistan to develop the sport in the country from grassroots to national level.

British combat forces are due to leave Afghanistan in a year.