Football-mad great great gran celebrates her 100th birthday and urges Gareth Southgate’s England team to ‘bring it home’
ENGLAND fan Lilian Humphrey celebrates her 100th birthday today – and is predicting an historic Euro 2020 final win against Italy.
The football-mad great great grandmother is urging Gareth Southgate’s boys to give her the perfect present and “bring it home”.
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Lilian – who never misses an England match – received a birthday telegram from The Queen on Friday, and a heart-warming video message from Three Lions star Jordan Henderson, 31.
She'll watch tonight’s final with family at home in Maida Vale, North West London, on the same street where she’s lived all her life.
And she’s confident her favourite player Harry Kane, 27, and Raheem Sterling, 26, can bag the goals to fire England to victory.
Lilian said: “I’m very well, thank you, for 100. I’m excited about the match. We love football.
"I didn’t expect a letter from the Queen. It said congratulations on your 100th birthday.
“I think the final is going to be hard. I think Italy is going to score first, but I think England are going to win. They are going to have a job.
“The Italians are very good. I reckon it’s going to be about 4-3 to England. But we will watch and wait and see.”
She added: “My birthday wish would be to meet the players – but a signed England shirt would be great.
“I’ll be cheering them on for the final – bring it home for me, boys!”
Former British heavyweight boxing champion Dillian White also sent boxing fan Lilian a birthday video message.
Former teaching assistant Lilian survived the Blitz and worked in a factory making bomb parts during the war.
She believes Gareth Southgate should “definitely” be knighted if England win and recalled “everybody went mad” after the 1966 World Cup triumph.
For tonight's match, superfan Lilian will be pulling on her England shirt with ‘Lil 100’ on the back to cheer on the boys.
I reckon it’s going to be about 4-3 to England.
Lilian said it’s “lovely” to see England in another final 55 years later and was “delighted” to get a birthday message from Liverpool ace Henderson.
In the video, Henderson said: “Hi, nanny Lil, it’s Jordan Henderson. Just a quick message to say happy 100th birthday.
“I hope you have a great day and you are supporting us on Sunday. Take care.”
Lilian – who has four children, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, with one more on the way – enjoyed a 100th birthday party with her family at home yesterday.
Her husband of 73 years, Ted Humphrey, died in 2015, with The Queen sending the couple a message to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.
Granddaughter Sophie Yerby, 32, said: “She’s a huge England fan.
“She is really excited. She was made up with the message from Jordan Henderson.
“She has watched every single game, every other game, not just England.”
Inspired by Captain Tom Moore Lilian has also been raising money for NHS Charities Together.
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