England women to be paid same as men’s team for representing their country

England women will be paid the same as the men for representing their country in future.

The Football Association have confirmed that England have joined Australia, Norway and New Zealand on the list of football associations who had publicly committed to paying their men and women players the same amount for earning a senior cap.

FA chiefs actually instigated the change in January but only comes into effect now as it is appearance money which is believed to be in the region of £1,000-per-game.

England’s men team donate their money to charity while earnings are boosted by their bonus set-up and a big-money cash pool for tournaments.

But while the appearance money is not huge for the multi-millionaire men’s team, it will make a big difference for the women and is also a powerful statement.

An FA statement said: “The FA pays its women's players exactly the same as their male counterparts for representing England, both in terms of match fees and match bonuses. This parity has been in place since January 2020.”

Equal pay has been in the spotlight after world champions United States filed an appeal against the decision to dismiss their claim for equal pay with male counterparts.

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US forward Megan Rapinoe said her team-mates would "never stop fighting for equality.”

England women are next in action in October when they take on Germany on October 27 in Wiesbaden.

It was announced earlier this month that the current Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman will take over from Phil Neville in September 2021 after she oversees the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

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