Craig Noone masterminds German-themed birthday gift for Fabio da Silva

Cardiff City striker Craig Noone masterminds a German-themed birthday gift for Brazilian team-mate Fabio da Silva

Cardiff City defender Fabio da Silva Photo: The Sport Review

Craig Noone has masterminded a German-themed birthday gift for Cardiff team-mate Fabio da Silva after being inspired by Germany’s 7-1 victory over Brazil in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final.

The two-time Brazil international turned 24 on Wednesday morning, with a Seleção’s harrowing World Cup exit sure to dampen the former Manchester United full-back’s celebratory mood.

Fabio, who made nine appearances for Cardiff City last season following his move from Old Trafford, was not part of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s World Cup squad which suffered the ultimate humiliation.

But striker Noone was refusing to allow Fabio an easy day at work after covering the defender’s locker with German flags as part of his birthday tribute to the former Fluminense defender.

Former club United were rather more forgiving when mentioning the result as the Red Devils wished Fabio and twin brother Rafael a happy birthday.

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