Raheem Sterling has arranged for 550 children from his old school to watch Manchester City’s semifinal at Wembley on Saturday.
The City forward, who grew up close to the national stadium, has worked with the club to give pupils from Ark Elvin Academy the opportunity to be at the game against Brighton.
Sterling, 24, was raised on the St Raphael’s estate in Wembley and attended Copland Community School, which was renamed Ark Elvin in 2014.
And he has paid for tickets and travel so local children can attend the match with the England international set to present the tickets to pupils at City’s Etihad Campus on Thursday.
Sterling, who has a tattoo of himself as a young boy looking up at the stadium’s iconic arch, has retained close links to the Wembley area and has looked into building a football academy nearby.
“I was from Wembley, I lived in Wembley,” he said in 2016. “I lived on an estate for a month until my mum got the place in Wembley.
“From eight to 14, I lived in Wembley. It’s not the poshest area but for me it was an unbelievable area. It was lovely growing up there. I had a great green where there were trees and I used to eat apples there.”
City have not sold their entire allocation for the FA Cup semifinal yet with around 25,000 of their 33,000 available tickets sold so far.
The semifinal will be the club’s sixth visit to Wembley in 13 months and is followed by two return trips to London in the following seven days for the Champions League clash with Tottenham and Premier League game at Crystal Palace.
City returned 2,000 extra tickets back to the Football Association, which the club have said were the more expensive tickets, with prices going up to £120.