Harry Kane leads tribute to London fan, 29, who died in local pub celebrating star’s winning goal

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Mr Naughton was with family and friends when he suddenly fell to the ground  (Handout)
Mr Naughton was with family and friends when he suddenly fell to the ground (Handout)

A London fan died celebrating Harry Kane’s vital second goal against Germany at his local pub.

The Tottenham striker led the tributes as he promised the Three Lions would give everything for the rest of Euro 2020 for Charlie Naughton, 29, who collapsed and died in front of his family.

The England captain tweeted: “I’m so sorry to hear about Charlie passing away - my thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.

“We will give it everything tomorrow and for the rest of the tournament for fans like Charlie. RIP Charlie Naughton.”

Mr Naughton was with family and friends when he suddenly fell to the ground as Harry Kane headed in from Jack Grealish’s cross in the closing moments.

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Paramedics raced to help the 29-year-old and tried to save his life for more than three hours before he died.

His mum Karen paid tribute to her “amazing boy” and revealed his final words to her.

She told The Sun: “I called him before the game and he said to believe, that he loved me, I told him I loved him.

“He called me mucker, and when France were knocked out he was so excited, he said to me that all we had to do was beat the Germans and we could win. That it was coming home.

“He really lived and breathed football, he’s the biggest supporter you’d ever meet. He is a big brother to his two sisters, we’re all so close and we love him so much. He was a fit lad, it is a shock and it is tragic.”

Football players Reece James and Mason Mount circulated a family statement on social media.

A post from his family read read: “Our darling boy Charlie was suddenly taken from us on Tuesday 29th June 2021 as Harry Kane scored the 2nd goal for England.

“He was watching the football in his local pub surrounded by family and friends when he suddenly collapsed.

The family paid a loving tribute to the football fan (Handout)
The family paid a loving tribute to the football fan (Handout)

“The emergency services worked tirelessly for three hours to save him but our boy Charlie sadly passed away.

“Charlie had just turned 29 years old and was a passionate supporter of his club and country - Chelsea and England.

“This poignant moment in British history that will be remembered by all but for all of Charlie’s family and friends this will be the most devastating time of their lives.

Charlie had just turned 29 (Handout)
Charlie had just turned 29 (Handout)

“As you support and celebrate England through their journey at the Euro’s 2021 please raise a glass to our Charlie.”

A GoFundMe page, aiming to raise £1,000 to help the family with funeral costs, has already raised over £13,000 at the time of writing.

* Donate to Charlie’s GoFundMe page here https://www.gofundme.com/f/charlie-naughton

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