England Players Are Donating Their World Cup Fees To Charity
If you're a sportsman, playing for your country is the ultimate honour. Well, now it turns out that it's doubly excellent because you also get paid to do it.
Yup, as if walking out onto the pitch wearing the famous Three Lions wasn't enough, you also get a shed load of cash to do it. However, because they're a nice group of LADs, most of them don't actually see a penny of it. Many of England's players simply give it away to charity.
FA Chief Martin Glenn revealed in a recent interview that England's players do actually receive reimbursement for their efforts, but most of them (Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Gary Cahill specifically) give it back to good causes instead of keeping it.
Glenn said: "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.
"They don't take a penny in match fees, they give it to charity.
He added: "When we get them to close their eyes - this is an exercise we've actually done - and ask them what's the one medal you would love to win, they all come back with World Cup or Euros, with respect to winning a Premier League medal.
"There is real hunger there. If anyone's got a scintilla of a thought that England players don't care about playing for England lose it from your mind right now, they care passionately."
I mean, the least you would expect is that they actually try to care about what they're doing.
England face Colombia on Tuesday in the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia. They will be looking to win their first knockout game at a World Cup finals since beating Ecuador in 2006.
If that doesn't motivate them professionally, they frankly shouldn't be on the pitch.
They should be particularly excited too, after the first day of knockout football saw both Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Lionel Messi's Argentina eliminated.
Alongside the Germans, that's two major threats that have been England's downfall at previous tournaments gone.
However, Colombia are no mugs and will provide a decent level of competition for Gareth Southgate's men.
The last time the two teams met in competitive football, England came out on top. They'll hope that they can repeat that trick in Moscow this Tuesday.
Let's just hope that they've been practising their penalty kicks.
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