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William's message to England squad

The Duke of Cambridge has recorded a message of support for the England national team ahead of their World Cup adventure, and called on the nation to play its part.

Prince William met with members of the England squad in their dressing room following last night's 3-0 victory over Peru at Wembley, wishing them well for the competition and enquiring about their fitness ahead of England's opener on June 14 against Italy.

And the royal will be hoping the national side fares better than his club side - the Aston Villa supporter having endured a difficult season as the claret and blues limped to Premier League safety.

In an open message to England manager Roy Hodgson and the squad, Prince William, The FA President, said: " The World Cup is an amazing moment for the nation to come together.

"It is truly a global festival of football and where the great names take their chance to shine. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens in Brazil this summer."

Of his support for the Three Lions and the fans travelling to Brazil, he added: "Having spent some time with the England players after the Peru game at Wembley, I am sure they will be ready for the challenge.

"I wish Roy, his staff and the squad all the very best, starting with their first match against Italy on June 14.

"To the thousands of England fans making the long trip out in support, I hope you have a great time and see some amazing football."

In the video, Prince William also praised The FA's work in supporting the grass-roots level of the nation's favourite game and called for the country to enjoy playing football themselves on forthcoming Reds v Blues weekend of football celebration on June 6 and 7.

The weekend aims to inspire people of all ages and abilities to sign up and represent a red or blue team before playing football in whatever form they wish - from kickabouts in gardens to organised 5-a-side and 11-a-side matches.

The royal said both he and his son Prince George would be taking part in some capacity.

He said: "Although not everyone can play in the World Cup, people of all abilities can enjoy the simple pleasure of getting together to kick a ball around.

"I can assure you that George and I will be having a go ourselves with this special red and blue ball, one of thousands being given away by The FA. Whatever your club colours, I am sure we will all be supporting the Three Lions this summer.

"Good luck England."


From Belfast Telegraph