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Raheem Sterling and Kieran Trippier helped surprise TV presenter’s parents

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TV presenter reveals how England stars Raheem Sterling and Kieran Trippier helped surprise her parents – who’re each in a care home with dementia – once they didn’t imagine she was in Qatar covering the World Cup

  • TV presenter Carrie Brown shared a private anecdote from the World Cup
  • Each her parents are suffering with dementia and are currently in a care home
  • She explained how England stars helped her persuade them she was in Qatar
  • Raheem Sterling and Kieran Trippier got involved to surprise Brown’s parents 

England stars Raheem Sterling and Kieran Trippier have been hailed for his or her ‘lovely’ gesture after they helped a TV reporter persuade her parents, each suffering with dementia, that she was in Qatar covering the World Cup. 

Following England’s quarter-final defeat to France on the weekend, beIN Sports presenter Carrie Brown shared an anecdote where Sterling and Trippier helped surprise her parents during a Zoom call. 

Each of Brown’s parents are in a care home, suffering with dementia, and because of this she only has one hour a day where she will catch them in a very good moment to call them.

Trippier was beckoned over by his team-mate

Raheem Sterling (left) and Kieran Trippier (right) got on a Zoom call with a reporter’s parents

They were helping Carrie Brown (pictured) convince her parents, who suffer with dementia, that she was really in Qatar covering the England team at the World Cup

They were helping Carrie Brown (pictured) persuade her parents, that suffer with dementia, that she was really in Qatar covering the England team on the World Cup

Following England’s 6-2 win over Iran on the World Cup in Qatar, Brown took the every day Zoom call within the mixed zone – where players speak to reporters – and explained how a close-by Sterling and Trippier helped persuade her parents she was in Qatar, with each doubting she was really there. 

In a clip that has now been viewed greater than 700,000 times, Brown explained: ‘I’ve got a sweet personal moment that can really follow me. 

‘I feel people ask me in regards to the special relationship that this [England] team have and the way they seem to be a real family. My parents have dementia and there is just one hour of the day that I can ever get them on a Zoom call since the care home can only have the time to get that to them once they’re really quite with it.

‘For the primary seven days of rushing around I hadn’t managed it. I made a mental note that after the Iran game that may be quite a very good time after the flash zone was done, and I saw one in all the coaching staff, John McDermott, doing the identical thing along with his family and all the things had been done and all of the players had gone.

BBC presenter Gary Lineker was full of praise for the 'lovely' anecdote shared by Brown

BBC presenter Gary Lineker was filled with praise for the ‘lovely’ anecdote shared by Brown

‘But my mum, for the time being with dementia, doesn’t imagine I’m in Qatar, thinks I’m making it up and that I should go and visit her. So the nurses said, “Carrie, you are gonna should attempt to persuade her. Are you able to show her anything to do with Qatar?” So I showed her the pitch and the England dugout, and he or she still wasn’t convinced!

‘So I took her into the flash area where we interview [the players] and I showed her the sign for Qatar, and I just looked over my shoulder and saw a number of the players were down within the tunnel. It was really dark and I used to be like, “You may probably see there’s some players”.

Catching wind of the nearby conversation, Chelsea star Sterling soon got here over.  

‘Raheem Sterling got here to look in my screen to see who it was and waved, and when he realised it was my mum and pa in a care home, he got Kieran Trippier over and so they waved and so they engaged,’ Brown added. 

‘My dad did not have words and my mum didn’t know what to think!

Sterling (second from left) and Trippier (far left) waved and engaged with her ill parents

Sterling (second from left) and Trippier (far left) waved and engaged along with her in poor health parents

‘But you recognize who it meant the world to? The nurses and the doctors which have got so many individuals through Covid, they’ll always remember the day that Raheem and Kieran spent a while with their care home, and that can stick with me longer than any goal from this tournament.’

The England pair were hailed for his or her selflessness in chatting with Brown’s parents, with BBC presenter Gary Lineker describing their actions as ‘lovely’.   

Sportsmail has been a driving force in raising awareness of dementia’s links to football. 

As well as, England boss Gareth Southgate offered his support in January last 12 months to a study by The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to research potential links between football and dementia.

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