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Euro 2020: The man who gave up seeing England at Wembley to donate stem cells looks set to go to the final | UK News

A man hailed as a ‘real hero’ for giving up the chance to watch England beat Denmark at Wembley so he can donate stem cells to help save a life now looks set to make it to the final.

Sam Astley, 24, had tickets to the party yesterday Euro 2020 match after his girlfriend won them in a competition earlier this week.

But he turned down the opportunity to go to the stadium as he went to the hospital earlier on Wednesday to prepare for today’s procedure for the bone marrow removal.

And he ended up looking at the crisis game alone from his hospital bed in London.

Harry Kane celebrates with his teammates after scoring England's second goal
Mr Astley believes England will beat Italy on Sunday

His selfless act has led people on social media, including former footballer and host of the match of the day Gary Lineker, to say he should receive tickets to Sunday’s final between England and Italy – and one of the tournament’s official sponsors has now offered to help take him to Wembley.

Speaking to Sky News after the procedure, Mr Astley, from Sedgley in the West Midlands, said everything had gone well but his back was painful and he “felt quite tired”.

He also said he had “a lot of adrenaline” after being “overwhelmed” by the coverage of his story which “numbed some of the pain”.

He added that it was not a difficult decision to miss the semi-final because “no football game is more important than saving someone’s life”.

Mr Astley said he was “crazy” for people, including Lineker, to show their support for him.

He had previously tweeted to express his thanks for all of their support.

He wrote: “Thanks for the …

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