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Northern Ireland players donate Euro 2016 match fees to cancer charity

Gareth McAuley also donated one of his shirts as the players wanted to give something back after their successful summer.

Michael O'Neill's side enjoyed a comfortable victory on Friday.
Michael O'Neill's side enjoyed a comfortable victory on Friday.
Image: Brian Lawless

MICHAEL O’NEILL’S NORTHERN Ireland squad have donated their match fees from last summer’s European Championships to a local cancer charity.

Ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Croatia, the players visited Daisy Lodge cancer centre in Co. Down, a facility which is also supported by Rory McIlroy’s Rory Foundation.

Speaking to Sky Sports, defender Gareth McAuley revealed the players wanted to use their success at Euro 2016 in a positive way and decided to pledge their £46,000 match fees to the cancer centre.

“We wanted to give something back,” he said. ”We got a lot out of football and wanted to use Euro 2016 in a positive way.”

In addition, McAuley also donated his shirt he wore whilst scoring in the 2-0 victory over Ukraine in France.

Northern Ireland continued their rich vein of form with a comfortable 4-0 win over Azerbaijan on Friday night. It leaves them in second place in Group C behind Germany.

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