England players to donate wages to charity
LONDON (Reuters) - England's players have agreed to donate their wages from international matches to charity for the next three years.
A new Team England Footballers' Charity has pledged a minimum of one million pounds to good causes up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the Football Association (FA) told its official Web site (www.thefa.com) on Saturday.
"Each player works in some way with local or national charities but as a team we decided to use our role as England footballers to not only contribute money and time but to also help raise awareness of particular issues," said captain John Terry.
"Every player to a man is looking forward to supporting our charity."
Brian Barwick, chief executive of the Football Association, the England team's paymasters, backed the move.
"I am obviously very happy the whole squad has taken this initiative," said Barwick. "It puts an extra kick into them appearing for their country."
Among the charities set to benefit is the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, named after the late captain of the 1966 England World Cup-winning team.
Moore's widow Stephanie also welcomed the initiative taken by England's players. She said: "Their help and involvement will be crucial in raising awareness and funds for vital research."
Bobby Moore died of bowel cancer in 1993.
The England squad are also planning to launch an initiative to help disadvantaged youth teams across the country.
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