Roberto Martinez responds to Irish schoolboy with lovely message 4 years ago

Roberto Martinez responds to Irish schoolboy with lovely message

What a nice guy...

A Down schoolboy was left stunned when, after writing to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, he received a reply from his hero.

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Ten-year-old Charlie McCarthy from Annaclone, Down wrote a letter to Martinez, explaining that his school was linked with others around Europe with the Erasmus programme and asking how preparation was going for the World Cup in Russia this year.

In the original letter, Charlie introduced himself, controversially describing himself as a supporter of Everton's rival team, Liverpool.

He also asked some questions like: "Is your team excited about the World Cup in Russia? What is it like to be the manager of one of the best teams in the world?"

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Imagine Charlie's surprise when Martinez took the time out of his day to record a message and send it back to him via the Belgium team's Twitter account.

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Martinez said that Charlie's letter had brought a smile to everyone in the Belgian federation, and he was amazed at the youngster's knowledge of Belgian football.

To answer some of Charlie's questions, he said that Belgium are looking forward to the World Cup and that they would be doing their all to win the game.

"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 said.