Wayne Rooney records video message for terminally ill Sheffield boy after web campaign

England and Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney recorded a special video message for a terminally ill Sheffield boy.

Sunday, 13th November 2016, 5:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:51 pm
Wayne Rooney recorded a video message for little Kasabian

Youngsters from across South Yorkshire backed an online campaign for terminally ill Kasabian Newton-Smith, aged eight, to meet his Manchester United favourite.

Kasabian, from Parson Cross, was diagnosed with cancer when he was two years old but developed inoperable brain tumours last year.

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He is due to turn nine in December but with his health deteriorating medics have advised his family to bring his birthday celebrations forward .

The online campaign was launched after Brinsworth Whitehill u10s manager, Ben Harris-Shaw, launched an online fundraising appeal for the sick youngster.

After Rooney heard about the campaign, he recorded a special video message for Kasabian.

In the video message, Rooney said: "I just want to say a massive thank you for your support over the years. I hope you're feeling okay.

The front page of The Star on Saturday about the appeal for Kasabian

" I just want to say how proud myself and the England players are of you for the bravery you've shown. I've kept my shirt from the game with Scotland so I'll send it down to you. I hope you enjoy it and like it and hopefully it makes you smile. All the best."

Little Kasabian, aged eight
The front page of The Star on Saturday about the appeal for Kasabian
Little Kasabian, aged eight