England’s 2010 World Cup squad have agreed to donate their match fees from this summer’s tournament to charity; a first for any England team.
The generous stars have been putting match fees paid for international games into a collective charity pot for the last two years and so far have raised over £1m. However this will be the first time any England team has donated fees from the World Cup finals.
Charities that will benefit include WellChild, Childrens Hospices UK, the Bobby Moore Fund, the PFA and the Team England Footballer’s Charity Outreach Programme. Donations will be backed by a poster campaign to raise awareness and the motto ‘Together We’re Stronger’
Speaking of their decision John Terry said: “When we first sat down to talk about what to do with our match fees, we all agreed we are privileged to be footballers and to wear the England shirt. To step out onto that Wembley pitch is a dream for everyone and to get paid for it didn’t seem right, so that’s why we decided to give the money to charity.
“We’re not living in a bubble, we have all come from living on estates in Barking, Peckham, Manchester or wherever it may be. We have people in our own families or people we know from home who are very sick or need help. That’s why these charities mean so much to us.
“This is the first time in a World Cup that the players’ match fees will be going to charity, which I think is a great thing."
Liverpool star Steven Gerrard added: “This campaign is about standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our charity partners and showing we are together.”
“The power of football is incredible. The whole country stops to support the World Cup and we’ve got to realise that we are celebrities, a lot of people look up to us and that is where the power comes from. Fans support us and we want to show them we are here to help as well. And hopefully if we can win the World Cup we can make them happy too!”