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England captain Harry Kane has vowed to do “everything” to keep a young cancer patient smiling by beating Sweden in the World Cup.
The Tottenham Hotspur star replied to a tweet by paediatric radiographer Liam Herbert, who shared a video of Ben Williams receiving a replica World Cup trophy.
The five-year-old could not walk or talk before his treatment but he asked for the World Cup as his speech returned while he was going through a course of radiotherapy for a brain tumour.
Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham then threw him a celebration to mark the end of his treatment in which he was presented with a certificate and the replica.
Mr Herbert tweeted the video to Kane, saying: “Ben has just completed his #radiotherapy for a #braintumour, he was unable to walk and talk before his treatment but a week ago he asked for the World Cup, so we delivered. @England and @HKane can you do the same? #cancer #threelions #ChildhoodCancer #nhs70 #Itscomminghome.”
To his surprise, the Three Lions star replied a day later.
Kane tweeted: “Hi Ben, I’ve seen your video and you are an inspiration.
“Carry on fighting and we’ll do everything we can on Saturday to keep a smile on your face! #BensWorldCup.”
Following the forward’s reply, Ben’s father, Sam Williams, told ITV News: “When we saw the message from Harry Kane – that’s what this has been all about, to get Ben’s favourite player to give him a shout out.
“To say how well Harry Kane thinks Ben’s done. And for Ben to be an inspiration for the team tomorrow, to kind of really kick on.