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Watch: World football boss replies to Northern Ireland schoolboy pen pal

A Co Down schoolboy was left "totally amazed" when, after writing to one of the world's top football bosses, he received a reply.

Charlie McCarthy (10) from Annaclone wrote to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

The St Colman's Primary pupil explained how his school was linked to others across Europe through the Erasmus programme and was keen to broaden his knowledge of the country and learn how preparations were going for the summer's World Cup.

And despite declaring his allegiance for Liverpool, the ex-Everton manager was delighted to send a video in reply.

Martinez thanked Charlie for his letter saying it had brought a smile to all in the camp with his knowledge of Belgium.

He said they were all excited for the world cup and - despite only being a nation of 11million people - had incredibly talented footballers and would give it their all.

"Carry on being courteous," he told the schoolboy.

"All the way from Tubize to everyone in your town and Northern Ireland have a fantastic world cup and don't forget to support us," he ended.

Speaking to the BBC, P6 pupil Charlie said he couldn't believe it when his father showed him the video and was left "totally amazed".

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