Big hearted former Sheffield Wednesday star drives from London to Birmingham to hand deliver charity shirt

Michail Antonio during his time at Sheffield Wednesday.
Michail Antonio during his time at Sheffield Wednesday.
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A big-hearted former Sheffield Wednesday star drove all the way from London to Birmingham to ensure a charity received a shirt he had pledged for a raffle.

Michail Antonio, now a winger at West Ham, had promised a signed shirt to Midlands based charity Libby Mae's Little Angels - but ran out of time to post it ahead of a black tie charity ball at the weekend.

So the big-hearted footballer, 26, jumped in his car after the Hammers' 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at the weekend and drove all the way from London to Birmingham to hand it over in person.

Antonio said: "I knew they wanted it for the auction that night, so I thought I’d drop it off after the game before carrying on to see my family."

The charity has raised more than £135,000 so far after it was set up in memory of Libby Mae Sharratt who died at the age of just two weeks due to a heart defect.

The 26-year-old, who is an ambassador for the Guy Mascolo Football Charity in Battersea in the borough of Wandsworth where he was born, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the England national team after starting his career in non-League.

He started his career with Tooting and Mitcham United before earning a move to Reading in 2008.

Spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest followed before he earned a switch to the Premier League with West Ham in 2015.

Having impressed for Slaven Bilic's side both on the wing and at right back, scoring 14 goals in 41 matches for the Hammers, Antonio has been called up to the last two England squads but is still awaiting his first cap.