England's World Cup footballers will give match fees to charity

England’s footballers will donate their World Cup match fees to charity for the first time.

In doing so, Fabio Capello’s squad, will raise more than £1 million for charities such as WellChild, Children’s Hospices UK, the Bobby Moore Fund, the PFA and the Team England Footballer’s Charity Outreach Programme.

The players have also launched a poster campaign to raise awareness of theirn chosen charities with a motto ‘Together We’re Stronger’.

Terry said the decision to donate the match fees was something the players had agreed unanimously. “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,” Terry said. “To step out onto that Wembley pitch is a dream for everyone and to get paid for it didn’t seem that 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.”