WORLD'S FRIENDLIEST FOOTBALLER!

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It's easily Middlesbrough captain George Friend!

HI GEORGE, YOU'RE VERY FRIENDLY WITH BORO FANS – CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE SPECIAL CELEBRATION YOU do WHEN YOU WIN!

George Friend says: "It’s really weird, I’ve never done it before at any other club. I don’t really know how it happened. I always applaud the fans win, lose or draw and one game I was heading towards the stand and they started going ‘OOoooo’ and they cheered when I jumped up. So, it started out like that and it’s progressed to three and I only ever do it when we win. It’s nice to celebrate with the fans. They’ve started doing it away from home too which is good when we win. I can honestly say I never planned it, it just came about and was a bit of a spur of the moment thing and I’m glad it’s stuck because it’s nice to have that relationship with the fans and as a player you can’t celebrate with the fans during the game because you get carded!"

WE HEAR YOU LOVE A NUTMEG – DO YOU KEEP A COUNT OF HOW MANY YOU DO PER SEASON?

George Friend says: "No, I don’t keep a count, but my father in law, he’s spotted that part of my game as well and he bought me a little nutmeg jar with ‘Nutmegs’ written on it but I haven’t ever kept topping it up every time I meg someone!"

YOU'VE JUST HELPED OFFICIALLY OPEN A NEW LOCAL COMMUNITY FACILITY AT KADER FC, WHY ARE THESE SO IMPORTANT?

George Friend says: "First of all it means that a community can come together which is important and the fact that it’s such great facilities means that it’s excellent for young players to have that available to them and not to just nurture the good talent but for everyone to have the opportunity as well. When I was growing up there wasn’t loads of things in my area where we could all come together. We had a local astroturf, that was about it. So, I know from old experience what it’s like to go down to an old astroturf and join in playing football and other sports as well. For facilities for this to be built and come up in areas that need it the most is brilliant.

Read the rest of our interview with George in today's MOTD mag!

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