Most parents will say that the birth of their children was the happiest day of their lives.
But what if your baby was born while England reached the European Championship final? And what if your brother was in the game?
That’s exactly what happened to English midfielder Declan Rice’s brother on Wednesday when the Three Lions defeated Denmark in the semi-finals.
The West Ham star heard the final whistle of the birth of his new minute-old niece, who arrived in the world at the exact moment Harry Kane scored the winning goal.
Speaking to 9breaking Sport, a delighted Rice said: “My brother literally had a baby when the second goal came in. He’s crying his eyes out, he’s had a little girl. It’s a special night everywhere!”
Understandably, Rice said his “emotions are all over the place” as England’s men reached their first major tournament final since winning the World Cup 55 years ago.
“A first final since 1966,” he said. “I want to do it for the people back home. Judging by the reactions – I’m a fan too. I wish I was there to cheer, we haven’t won anything yet.
Italy is a top team, but we are ready .” We are of course very happy for the whole Rice family with their new arrival, and we really hope, for Mum’s sake, that the game in the background wasn’t too distracting…