England flops to receive huge cash windfalls

England footballers are to receive massive windfalls despite failing to qualify for next summer's European Championships.

Each player's share will depend on the number of appearances. The largest sum - believed to be around £150,000 - will be paid to Steven Gerrard who captained England in their defeat by Croatia.

Former manager Steve McClaren is to pocket around £2.5million, despite failing to lead the team to the Championships.

The money comes from a pool of cash paid into by sponsors such as Nationwide, Carlsberg and National Express which is controlled by 1966, an offshoot of Simon Fuller's 19 management company.

The FA said the money was in return for personal appearances.

Since February, the squad have donated their £1,500 match fee to charity and will do so until 2010, raising an estimated £1 million.

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