Viral video star, 10, receives phone call from Northern Ireland players

Handout photo issued courtesy of Richard McGall of his son Zak watching  Northern Ireland play Ukraine in France after he received a Euro 2016 ticket for his birthday
Handout photo issued courtesy of Richard McGall of his son Zak watching Northern Ireland play Ukraine in France after he received a Euro 2016 ticket for his birthday

A young boy who burst into tears as he received a Euro 2016 ticket for his birthday has received a special phone call from the Northern Ireland players.

Zak McGall, 10, from Ballymena in Co Antrim, was given the precious present by his father the day before the team played Ukraine. His family videoed the moment and it has since gone viral on social media.

Handout photo issued courtesy of Richard McGall of he and his son Zak on their way to watch Northern Ireland play Ukraine in France after he received a Euro 2016 ticket for his birthday

Handout photo issued courtesy of Richard McGall of he and his son Zak on their way to watch Northern Ireland play Ukraine in France after he received a Euro 2016 ticket for his birthday

Zak and his father Richard are back in Northern Ireland after watching the victory in Lyon last Thursday.

Striker Kyle Lafferty and team mates called him on Sunday.

Mr McGall said: “It makes me proud but it is a bit surreal.

“I am happy that a video clip of me doing something for my son has had this effect on the Northern Ireland team and the fans at this time.”

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Screen grabbed image taken from footage issued courtesy of Richard McGall of his son Zak nearly bursting into tears as he received a Euro 2016 ticket for his birthday

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He said the deaths of Darren Rodgers from Ballymena after a fall from a promenade in Nice and Archie Rainey during the game had been a low point.

“It is brilliant to be part of a good news story.”

He said Lafferty was deeply affected by the video, which illustrated the impact the team was having on the children and supporters.

The star player also promised to send them a couple of signed shirts.

Screen grabbed image taken from footage issued courtesy of Richard McGall of his son Zak nearly bursting into tears as he received a Euro 2016 ticket for his birthday

Screen grabbed image taken from footage issued courtesy of Richard McGall of his son Zak nearly bursting into tears as he received a Euro 2016 ticket for his birthday