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Neal features in special video to support rescued Thai footballers

EFL and clubs send out best wishes to young players in the Far East

11 July 2018

Neal Ardley has sent a heartfelt message on behalf of AFC Wimbledon to the 12 young Thai footballers who were miraculously rescued from a cave.

The plight of the young footballers and their coach who were dangerously trapped in a flooded cave for over two weeks captured the hearts of people around the world, including the football family.

In the past 24 hours since the successful rescue mission was completed, EFL clubs around the country have come together to offer their kind words of support to the junior football team. The EFL put together a series of short videos with messages from Neal Ardley, along with players and coaches from around the country, including Derby County manager Frank Lampard and West Brom's Darren Moore.

Click on the video link below to watch the video featuring Neal.

As events have unfolded the bravery and courage of these 12 young budding footballers has been truly astonishing. Aged between 11 and 17, the members of the Wild Boars football team were trapped in a cave system after flooding in northern Thailand which left them huddled in darkness on a small ledge.

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: "From everyone at the EFL there's only one thing to say – welcome home boys. We're all relieved that you're back home with your family and friends. We've all watched on in great admiration of your bravery and we now hope you can get back on concentrating on the one thing you love and the thing that unites the world, the game of football."

Derby County's manager Frank Lampard: "We have a huge respect for everyone involved in the rescue mission to save the Wild Boars football team and their coach from the cave networks in Thailand. Everyone at Derby County wishes a speedy recovery to those involved and our sincere sympathies to the family of Saman Kunan who sacrificed his life to help save the children."

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