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Jack Wilshere lends support for charity match day

16 June, 2017

Jack Wilshere signs his England shirt

ARSENAL and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has added his support to a charity football fun day which is being held in Islington this Sunday.

The 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, has donated a signed England shirt to the Soccaroonies Do Suicide Awareness and Narcolepsy UK match day.

Wilshere isn’t the only professional footballer showing his support for the showpiece. Southend United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, who grew up on Cumberland Market estate in Regent’s Park, has also donated a signed shirt.

Anthony will, however, miss the chance to return to Market Road, where he starred as a kid while playing in the Camden and Islington Youth League.

He was originally hoping to meet up with his old Hawks Athletic team-mates and take part in a special exhibition match as part of Sunday’s event, but he will now miss out as he recovers following surgery for a hamstring injury he sustained towards the end of last season.

Tony Hassan with signed Millwall top

Anthony’s former Hawks’ gaffer, Tony Hassan, who has organised the awareness day, said that the success of holding a similar event last year made a rematch almost inevitable.

“After the success of last year’s charity match, which was to raise awareness for mental health, everybody kept on asking me when I was going to hold the next one,” he said.

“Initially I wasn’t sure if people would respond in the same positive way they did last year, so was a bit apprehensive about doing another one.

“But as soon as I realised that the support was there I contacted a few of my old players, including Anthony, to get them on board. I also did my Bob Geldof bit of constantly asking for support and donations.

“I managed to get a signed Wilshere shirt, a signed play-off shirt by Millwall, a signed framed Arsenal shirt, and other great items for the raffle. The thing we want to achieve more than anything is to raise awareness for both charities.”

The action at Market Road gets underway on Sunday at 1pm, with football matches, a raffle and fun games for the whole family going on until 5pm.

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