The England Women’s squad made the announcement to donate to #PlayersTogether on their social media accounts, led last night by captain Steph Houghton.
The fund was established after meetings between Premier League players to discuss the best way to support the NHS and other frontline staff through the coronavirus crisis.
A statement read: ‘After discussion with a number of Premier League players, we are delighted to confirm that the whole of the Lionesses squad will make a collective donation to the #PlayersTogether fund partnering with NHS Charities Together, in unison with the Premier League players in order to support the amazing NHS.
“Stay home, protect the NHS. Save Lives.’
The fund was established by Premier League players in the wake of widespread criticism of the perceived inaction of top stars.
The Premier League’s initial proposal for a 30% wage cut was dismissed by players, who wished to ensure any contribution would go directly to NHS staff.
The fund’s contributions will be managed in conjunction with the umbrella group of NHS charities, NHS Charities Together.