Federation Internationale de Football Association invite children trapped in Thai cave to World Cup final

Heather Diaz
July 6, 2018

"We cheer for your recovery".

Making matters worse, all 13 of them are in a depleted state of health as a result of the ordeal that's seen them trapped below ground for almost two weeks.

The young soccer players have been trapped inside the cave in Chiang Rai for 13 days, prompting the offer on Friday by soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Mourinho said he believed England have a "golden chance" to reach the World Cup final for the first time in more than 50 years.

Rescue workers now face a race against time to free the boys and their coach. "I sincerely hope that they will be able to join us at the final, which will undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration", Infantino wrote.

"We are following all the news and hoping every second that you see the daylight again".

"They know how to win World Cups, they've done it more than any other nation so they have that psychological barrier out of the way", the Spaniard said.

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The huge operation at the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex involves dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and worldwide experts who are attempting to find a way to get the boys out.

He did not elaborate.

The death of a former Thai Navy Seal was a sobering reminder that a happy outcome is by no means guaranteed. Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakam, says that the most pressing mission now is to provide an oxygen line to reach the kids.

On Thursday, an ex-Navy SEAL who was working as a volunteer to help rescue the boys, died from lack of oxygen while attempting to place oxygen canisters in the cave.

"We can no longer wait for all conditions (to be ready) because circumstances are pressuring us", Thai SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference.

Twelve players of the Wild Boars soccer club-between the ages of 11 and 16-and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped in Tham Luang cave in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai province since June 23.

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