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How Gareth Southgates England team is helping Britain off the pitch

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England is fully behind their football team as they prepare to battle it out in the EURO 2020 final.

The squad has helped England men's team to make it to their first final of a European Championship and it will be England men's first tournament final since the 1966 World Cup.

Their pitch performance speaks for itself, but what is special about this team is how much good the footballers are also doing. Here are just a few incredible things that some of the players are doing…

Marcus Rashford

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The Manchester United star has been known for his charitable acts, including helping the homeless through charity Centrepoint.

He also forced the government to reverse their decision to not give free school meal vouchers to 1.3 million children who are eligible for it when schools weren't open during the lockdowns. While they initially refused after his open letter, his persistence and social media movement paid off.

He earned an MBE for his incredible work.

Tyrone Mings

The Aston Villa centre-back is one of the leading voices in fighting racism in football.

When Aston Villa played Sheffield in the first game after lockdown Tyrone organised with the other players to take the knee – an international symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement – before the first whistle.

Since then every Premier league match has began in the same way, and the England team have also done it at the start of each Euro game.

Harry Kane

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The captain of the squad showed his support for the LGBT+ community by wearing a rainbow armband for the England game against Germany.

The statement that marked the end of Pride month is something the German captain Manuel Neuer also participated in.

Harry said, "It is a show of solidarity with the German national team from all of us at the England national team to be united in trying to kick out all inequalities there are.

"We’re on a huge platform on a big stage so it is obviously a great opportunity to do so.”

Raheem Sterling

The boy from Brent made a "substantial" undisclosed contribution to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

While he never forgets his roots and paid for 500 pupils from his old school to attend the FA Cup semi-final between his team at the time Manchester City and Brighton at the Wembley stadium in 2019.

He also showed his mum some love by buying her house as thank you for raising him and supporting his career despite their tough start in life. Raheem's dad was murdered when he was just two years old in Jamaica and his mum moved them to England in hope of a better life. "My mum sacrificed her life to get me here," said Raheem of her mothering.

"If anybody deserves to be happy, it’s my mum. She came to this country with nothing and put herself through school cleaning bathrooms and changing bed sheets, and now she’s the director of a nursing home.

"And her son plays for England."

Jordan Henderson

The Liverpool captain was named as the first NHS Charities Together 'Champion' – an organisation that supports staff, volunteers and patients at the NHS and raises funds for more than 240 related charities.

He was one of the pioneers of the #PlayersTogether Covid-19 appeal, where £4m was donated to the NHS by Premier League players.

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