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The likes of FIFA, Barcelona, Man Utd, Kyle Walker amongst others have offered support to the 12 Thai youngsters of Wild Boars football team and their coach after divers rescued them on Tuesday, 17 days after they got trapped underground.
Fifa have invited the boys to fly to Moscow for Sunday's World Cup final, but said they would not be able to go as they needed time to recover. "Our priority remains the health of everyone involved," Fifa said. "We will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Fifa event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration."
After one of the boys rescued was pictured wearing an England shirt, England's Kyle Walker and Jack Butland offered to send kit to the boys while Spanish champions Barcelona have invited the team to play in their international academy tournament next year and watch a first-team game at the Nou Camp. Manchester United too have offered them the chance to attend a game.