England fixtures to provide showcase for Football Foundation

The Football Association has agreed a deal that will see sports charity the Football Foundation become the official lead sponsor of the England team for its upcoming Uefa Nations League fixtures against Croatia and Spain.

England will wear the Football Foundation’s logo on the front of their training kits and it will feature during pre-match press conferences during this international period.

The FA, along with the Premier League and the UK government, fund the Football Foundation, whose goal is to build quality community football facilities that provide a positive experience for users where they are most needed as fast as possible.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “We are proud of our work with the Premier League and the government, through our joint charity, the Football Foundation. Our investment and their expertise have greatly helped to address the historic problem of insufficient quality pitches and changing facilities in England.

“However, still too often are community football matchdays, player performances and overall development directly affected. Last season one out of every six matches was cancelled and only one in three grass pitches is currently satisfactory, which simply isn’t good enough.

“So much more needs to be done and we are committed to fixing this problem with our partners across the country. Our decision to offer this sponsorship opportunity for the forthcoming away England men’s senior team fixtures is a measure of that commitment.”

England play in the next round of the Nations League against Croatia on Friday in the Stadion HNK Rijeka and then take on Spain at Benito Villamarin, Seville, on October 15.

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