Gerrard dedicates win to Prince William after Royal sent pre-match message

STEVEN GERRARD dedicated Aston Villa’s 1-0 win over Southampton to Prince William after the grieving Royal sent his team a pre-match message.

Last night’s match marked the first time that Prince William’s beloved Villa have been in action since the passing of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II aged 96.

Following his side’s much needed win, Gerrard proudly revealed Prince William’s pre-match words of encouragement.

Asked about the Royal after the match, the Villa boss said: “I’m sure he probably knows the result, knowing him and how much he loves this club, he’ll know the result and I’m sure he’ll be very proud of the clean sheet.

“He messaged through the week, to the club, and I think that shows everything he thinks of this club and how much support he wants to give.

“For us to reward that with a result and a clean sheet, I’m sure he will be extremely proud.”

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