England players to donate Euro 2020 prize money to the NHS

England’s players will donate their Euro 2020 prize money to various NHS charities after Sunday’s final against Italy.

The Football Association will be in line to receive around £24 million if England beat Italy at Wembley.

A portion of that fee – around £9.6m – will be shared among Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad, but the players intend to donate their winnings to help the NHS.

If the Three Lions are beaten by Italy in the final, the squad would be awarded a reduced bonus of around £8.5m.

The plan is yet to be finalised due to tax reasons but NHS charities are set to be handed a huge windfall due to England’s success this summer.

England’s players are already donating their match fees for each Euro 2020 game to worthy causes.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s captain and England midfielder Jordan Henderson has been awarded an MBE for services to charity.

Henderson has been recognised for his help in forming a charitable fund, Players Together, which supported NHS charities during the coronavirus pandemic last year.

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.’

England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy kicks off at Wembley at 8PM on Sunday evening.

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