Manchester City footballers John Stones, Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling are establishing themselves as firm fan favourites over at Russia 2018, thanks to England's performance in the World Cup.
Especially since Stones scored his first two international goals in England's 6-1 win against Panama.
John Stones, left, and fellow England and Manchester City team-mate Raheem Sterling supporting Hero by LPT at City's training ground
The Premier League winners are an inspiration and role model for many young kids off the pitch too, thanks to their role as ambassadors for the UK's leading children's hair loss charity, Hero by LPT
. The Hertfordshire-based organisation provides real-hair wigs free of charge to young men and boys experiencing medical hair loss
Under 24s who have lost their hair to cancer treatment, or under 18s with other forms of medical hairloss, such as forms of Alopecia Areata
, are able to pick a hairstyle and colour at a wig-fitting which will be arranged by the charity at a convenient, local supplier's.
Some of the available styles are even named after their footballing favs - as can be seen below - with a cool John Stones hairstyle being offered alongside a more adventurous Sergio Aguero look.
World Cup footballers supporting Hero by LPT
When Hero by LPT, which is the boy's division of the Little Princess Trust
, was launched in 2016, the Manchester City FC team became ambassadors for the charity, which is how the England players got involved.
Their connection came via Regan Walker, a former Bury FC footballer who got his start in the sport at Man City's youth academy. At 17, Regan was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma just six months into his professional playing career. This lead to '12 months of intense chemotherapy
, 6 weeks of daily radiotherapy and 2 major operations', causing him to lose the shoulder length hair it had taken him two years to grow.
Understandably, the cancer, twinned with the devastating news that his footballing dreams had come to an end at such a young age was a lot for Regan to take. Plus, losing his hair dealt another blow to his confidence - but this aspect was helped by a call to Little Princess Trust founder, Wendy Tarplee Morris
. She arranged a wig fitting for him and it arrived shortly after.
"I was pleasantly surprised at how real the wig looked in comparison to my own hair and couldn’t quite believe it. It made such a difference in giving me at least some confidence back since losing my hair and a welcome change from constantly wearing a hat,
" says Regan. "I would personally recommend any young boys/men to seriously consider getting a real hair wig, there’s no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed in wearing a wig.
Other Hero by LPT supporters involved in the FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament include Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Ederson Santana de Moraes (Brazil), David Silva
(Spain), İlkay Gündoğan (Germany), Fernandinho (Brazil), Vincent Kompany (Belgium), Danilo (Brazil), Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina), Benjamin Mendy (France), Bernado Silva (Portugal) and Aymeric Laporte (France).
Other charity ambassadors
Rugby players are also keen supporters of this boys' hair loss charity, including Rugby Union players Will Butler (Worcester Warriors), Guy Thompson (England, Lions) James Haskell (England, Lions), Tommy Taylor (England), Jimmy Gopperth (New Zealand International), and Thomas Young.
But it's not just sportsmen who are happy to support and raise awareness for the charity. Some of the charity's most famous donors include former One Direction star, turned solo artist and actor, Harry Styles
who grew his hair long in order to meet the minimum hair donation length criteria (7 inches), before donating his ponytail to the Trust in 2016, followed by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
, whose hair was donated anonymously in 2017. Former SAS sergeant turned author and TV personality, Chris Ryan is also an ambassador for the charity.
The real stars, however, are those who run the charity, raising money not just to provide this fantastic free service, but also for paediatric cancer research, and - of course - the children who find the courage to approach them. At such a difficult time in their lives, a wig may not solve all their problems, but it can at least make things a bit more bearable. Anyone wanting to donate hair or money to Hero by LPT, find out more about the charity, or use its services, can get all this information from its website: herobylpt.org.uk