Harry Kane hopes to make the family of a young fan with a brain tumour smile tonight by winning the Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions striker sent Harry Crick, two, and his relatives a surprise video on Saturday.
Addressing the toddler’s older brother, 10-year-old Olly, the England skipper said he wished his sibling all the best in his battle with a rare form of brain cancer.
Kane said: ‘Hi Olly, how you doing, mate? I hear your brother’s going through a tough time.
‘I just wanted to wish you all the best and wish your brother all the best, not just from me but from all the England team and staff as well.
‘Hopefully we can put a smile on your face tomorrow night, but I just wanted to send my best wishes.
‘All the best guys.’
Harry, from Elmswell, Suffolk, was diagnosed with an embryonal tumour with multi-layered rosettes in December last year, after becoming unwell and unsteady on his feet.
He underwent surgery to remove a tennis ball-sized tumour at Addenbroke’s Hospital in Cambridge on Christmas Eve, and has since endured five rounds of ‘very harsh’ chemotherapy.
Dad Matt, 32, told how Kane’s video message provided a ‘fantastic boost’ for Olly.
‘It’s incredible that the man of the moment took time out of his day to do this, the day before the biggest football game of his career to date,’ he said.
‘It’s cheered us all up. We’re so grateful and will be cheering him on tonight when he leads the team out to face Italy. Come on England!’
The family have set up a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise the funds to move to Germany for two months, where they hope Harry will receive Proton Beam Therapy.
The GoFundMe page was set up by Harry’s aunt, Hayley Crick, who described the toddler as ‘Our hero’.
‘I just want them all to know that there are many people who love and care for them so very much and we are willing to do anything to make this awful time in their lives a little bit easier,’ Hayley wrote.
Hugh Adams, of Brain Tumour Research, said: ‘It was really wonderful to see that Harry Kane has sent a message of support to little Harry and his family, on this most important of footballing weekends.
‘We send our best wishes and support to the England team and thank the captain for helping to shine a light on this cruel disease.’