- The England squad have donated their fees to England Footballers Foundation
- The Three Lions have donated their international fees for over a decade
The England national team has offered to donate all their fees and bonuses accrued from the World Cup to charity.
The Three Lions fought with pride in Russia, leading to a first appearance in the last four of the tournament since 1990.
However, they could not make it to the final to challenge for the ultimate trophy after losing 2-1 to Croatia at the semi-final stage.
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Now, in a rather kind gesture, the entire team has offered to donate their earnings at the World Cup to charity.
This was revealed by former England players Gary Lineker and Gar Neville. According to the pair, this kind of gesture has been happening for ‘10 to 15 years’ among the England squad.
In the past, England players have donated their wages to charity through the England Footballers’ Foundation (EFF), which has specifically set up for such purpose.
Led by Three Lions captain at the time David Beckham, the charity was established by the players’ committee in 2007.
The EFF has since worked with many charities, including UNICEF, Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes and The Honeypot Children’s Charity, as well as the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research, having raised more than £5 million over those 11 years.
“I get absolutely indignant about the suggestion that players when they play for England, don’t really care because it’s not anything like my experience,” FA Chief Martin Glenn is quoted as saying by The Express.
“They don’t take a penny in match fees, they give it to charity.”
It is a trend that the current crop of England players have elected to follow and have therefore decided to also donate their fees from the 2018 World Cup.
Meanwhile, France international Kylian Mbappe is also set to donate his £17,000 wages after every international game to charity.
The 19-year-old superstar said he does not believe he should be paid to represent his country.
Mbappe will be donating all of his bonuses to the Premiers de Cordees association, a charity which sets up sport activities for children with disabilities.
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