Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Prince William surprise England fans – down the pub
The pair made an unexpected visit as part of the Heads Up campaign, which was setup by the Duke of Cambridge and the FA back in May to tackle mental health problems among football fans, players and families.
They spoke with fans who have been supported by the Mind and CALM charities at the Prince Albert pub in Battersea, talking about their own experiences with mental health issues.
Everyone present at the event was joined by a figure who supported them through difficult times to discuss their respective issues and hopes for the future with the Blues boss and his Royal Highness.
William, who has been President of the FA since 2006, said in August: “This year, the FA and Heads Together have joined forces to launch Heads Up, showing the world of football that our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and that we all need to take care of our everyday mental fitness, and provide support to one another when we face setbacks, so we can be match fit for whatever lies ahead.”
Chelsea also expressed their support for the Heads Up campaign on Twitter tonight after seeing their former midfielder and head coach support the initiative this evening.
They wrote: “There’s no reason we shouldn’t be just as comfortable talking about football as we are talking about mental health – and that’s exactly what’s been happening tonight – a room full of people cheering on the England team and talking about their mental health experiences. #HeadsUp
“Suicide remains the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, so getting everyone talking, and showing everyone everywhere that it’s ok to talk about whatever they’re going through has never been more important.”
Unfortunately, Prince William and Lampard were not celebrating an England victory with Three Lions supporters in Battersea.
Gareth Southgate’s men slumped to a 2-1 defeat away at Czech Republic, with Jakub Brabec first cancelling out Harry Kane’s opener from the penalty spot.
Raheem Sterling was brought down in the box in Lukas Masopust in the fifth minute, allowing Kante to step up and convert past Patrik Schick.
Brabec quickly brought the hosts level when he pounced on some poor England defending and found the back of the net four minutes later.
However, with five minutes remaining Zdenek Ondrasek turned in the winner on his debut to seal a frustrating outing for England.
Tonight’s defeat leaves Southgate and co level on points with Czech Republic at the top of Group A having played a game less than Jaroslav Silhavy’s side.
And next up for them is a trip to Bulgaria on Monday evening.