England continued their fantastic qualifying form on Friday evening with a 3-0 victory over the old-enemy Scotland and skipper Wayne Rooney committed a brilliant act over the weekend, donating his shirt to a terminally ill young fan.
Eight-year-old Kasabian Newton-Smith, who has a rare form of cancer and two inoperable brain tumours, has been a part of a social media campaign that has urged players to give him one last smile- already earning the support of Rooney and England team-mate Adam Lallana.
Sending his signed match-worn shirt and a message of ‘keep fighting’, Rooney’s brilliant donation was quickly picked up by social media.
This Kasabian is for YOU with love from The Grassroots Family. pic.twitter.com/HTgWqjfGOX
— Grassroots (@FootballGrf) November 12, 2016
— SDJSFL (@SDJSFL) November 12, 2016
In his video message, the England and Manchester United captain said:
‘I just want to say a massive thank you for your support throughout the years. I hope you’re feeling okay. I just wanted to say how proud me and the other England players are of you and the bravery you’ve shown.’
‘I’ve kept my shirt from [Friday] night’s game against Scotland – so will send it down to you. I hope you enjoy it and like it, and hopefully it makes you smile.’
The Twitter campaign #1LastSmile4Kasabian has earned plenty of support from football fans across the country, with Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp dedicating his goal for the Blades against Chesterfield on Sunday.
England legend Alan Shearer also got involved, raising awareness for a poor child who has staggeringly undergone 111 radiation treatments and been treated for five other tumours in the past six years.
A JustGiving page for Kasabian’s family and the PACT charity can be found here. Keep on fighting Kasabian!