ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to a teenager who died in Thailand.
Anthony Ryan, 17, met Southgate in 2014 when the-then under-21 football boss coached at his former school in Bradford.
SWNS:South West News Service Tragic Ryan Anthony, 17, died when his motorbike hit a van in Phuket, Thailand
Anthony was killed last month when his motorbike hit a van in Phuket — and a letter from Southgate was read out at his funeral.
It said he wanted to write after being told of the “incredibly sad news”.
He added: “What has happened is a reminder to us all to make the most of every day.”
The England manager added: “I know this will have been a difficult time for you all and it will be really hard to move forward.
“I am sure you will all pay your respects in the appropriate way and you will all be there to support Anthony’s family.”
Anthony was described as “beautiful”, “incredibly intelligent” and “amazing” by family, friends and ex-teachers.
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Hundreds of mourners wearing red lined the road leading up to St Christopher’s Church in Bradford before the service was held.
In the days after the incident his friends and family used a crowdfunding website to raise £8,000 to pay for his body to be flown home.
Anthony recently moved to Penzance, Cornwall, where he had an events job.
AP:Associated Press Anthony Ryan, 17, met Southgate in 2014 when the then under-21 football boss coached at his former school in Bradford
SWNS:South West News Service Anthony was described as ‘a boy who loved life and loved everyone around him’
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