THE parents of two boys killed by a drunken footballer in a crash on the M6 have told how the tragedy has `totally devastated' their lives.

Phil and Amanda Peak, from Partington, near Sale, say they are disappointed that Luke McCormick - who was more than twice the legal limit - was only given a seven year jail sentence and will be eligible for parole in three and a half years.

They said: "He will restart his life when he is still a young man. Our sons will never experience the things Luke has had."

Forest Gate Primary School pupils Arron Peak, 10, and his brother Ben, eight, were on a dream day out with their dad and three friends when the former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper ploughed into their car in his Range Rover.

Both boys died in the crash on June 7 and the couple are unable to have any more children.

Mr Peak was also seriously injured.

He was taking his sons for a day out to Silverstone race circuit. In a statement to the court, the couple said: "Our whole lives have been shattered ... all our hopes and dreams for the future have been taken away."

McCormick, who was driving home from a team-mate's wedding, finally admitted causing death by dangerous driving after earlier pleading not guilty. The 25-year-old also admitted driving with excess alcohol. He was jailed for seven years and four months.

McCormick, in a dark suit, kept his head bowed and covered his face as it was revealed he told eyewitnesses at the scene: "I am so sorry, I'm sorry. I just fell asleep."

Before the collision, other motorists noticed McCormick `driving like an idiot' and estimated his speed at 90mph.