A Big Price to Pay: England’s Player Wages
By Tom Sheldrick
England’s players are certainly under-performing. But are they over-paid? Er, you’d have to say that yes they are…
Goalkeeper David James is on £50,000 ($74,000) per week at Portsmouth – although he has been asked to cut that by 80% if he wants to stay at the debt-ridden club next season.
Right-back Glen Johnson signed for Liverpool last summer, agreeing a wage of £139,000 ($205,000) per week.
Former national team captain John Terry is on £150,000 ($222,000) per week as Chelsea skipper. His deal was improved last summer after Manchester City reportedly offered him £200,000 per week.
Jamie Carragher, who returned from international retirement to play at the World Cup, is on £80,000 ($118,000) per week at Liverpool.
Ashley Cole now gets £120,000 ($178,000) per week at Chelsea. He is nicknamed "Cashley Cole" after saying in his autobiography that he nearly crashed his car when former club Arsenal offered him a new deal on ONLY £55,000 per week.
Right-winger Aaron Lennon is the lowest-paid member of the first team, on £45,000 ($67,000) per week at Spurs.
Gareth Barry, who returned from injury for last night’s game, signed for Manchester City last summer on a deal worth £100,000 ($148,000) per week.
Central midfielder Frank Lampard gets £141,000 ($209,000) per week at Chelsea.
New England captain Steven Gerrard is on £130,000 ($192,000) per week as Liverpool skipper.
Wayne Rooney gets £90,000 ($133,000) per week at Manchester United, but has been struggling to repeat his club form in an England shirt.
Target-man Emile Heskey gets £50,000 ($74,000) per week at Aston Villa, mainly for sitting on the bench.
And the boss, Fabio Capello, is on £115,000 ($170,000) per week as coach of England.
Don’t forget the bonuses they all earn for their clubs when they win trophies, as well as all the mega-money sponsorship deals they are on.
Tom Sheldrick is a freelance writer and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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