England’s players are already donating their match fees for each Euro 2020 game to worthy causes, but they’ve now truly outdone themselves by promising to donate the Wembley final prize money entirely to the NHS.
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The Football Association will be in line to receive around £24 million if England beat Italy at Wembley, with a portion of that fee – around £9.6m – shared among Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad. The players intend to donate all of it to help the NHS.
The best part is – even if the Three Lions are beaten by Italy in the final, the squad would still receive a bonus of around £8.5m, which again, would all go to the NHS.
A statement on behalf of the players before the tournament began read:
Following positive discussions with the FA, the England senior men’s squad are pleased to confirm that a significant donation from their international match fees will be made to NHS Charities Together via the #PlayersTogether initiative.
This contribution will be taken from a fund already set aside to support a variety of worthy causes using all match fees collated since September 2018.
That, in addition to the prize money that will be received in the final – win or lose – is a hefty sum indeed! The international football world may hate England because we always overhype ourselves and irritate them with endless renditions of Three Lions, but even they have to admit that when it comes to the squad and players themselves – they’ve been nothing short of exemplary this summer. A lovely gesture from a real group of role models.
None more so than Mason Mount, who has been a real solid dude on and off the pitch…
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 8, 2021
10-year-old Belle’s dreams came true this week when midfielder @masonmount_10 spotted her in the crowd after the match and gifted her his shirt. But he had one more surprise for her, and we’re not quite sure she was ready…
Grab the tissues everyone! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qGtgye7z1r
— This Morning (@thismorning) July 9, 2021
Legends. All we’ve got to do now is go and win it. The Euro 2020 final against Italy kicks off at Wembley at 8PM on Sunday evening. Come on England!
To meet the woman who was sacked from her job after pulling a sickie to attend the semi-final at Wembley, only to be spotted on TV by her boss, click HERE. Would she do it again? Course she would.