Premier League initiative 'raises £4m for the NHS in its first contribution'

Top flight players, in discussions with their clubs over pay cuts, had expressed a desire to assist the NHS – along with other causes working at the heart of the pandemic.  And after a high profile launch and social media campaign ten days ago, the transfer of funds is now underway, according to The Mirror.  Henderson has been joined in offering support by Tottenham captain Harry Kane as well as Manchester United captain Harry Maguire and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling. A number of conference calls between footballers from across the Premier League were held at the start of the month, while a WhatsApp group was set up for each side's captain to explore the venture which has received unanimous backing. Much of the talk surrounded around the level of donations with an acceptance that different players earn vastly different salaries and a desire to ensure all look like they are contributing fairly.  'This is a critical time for our country and for our NHS,' the #playerstogether statement read.  'We are determined to help in any way that we can. Granit Xhaka Hector Bellerin David Luiz Gabriel Martinelli Cedric Soares Eddie Nketiah Alexandre Lacazette Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Lucas Torreira Pablo Mari Emile Smith Rowe (on-loan at Huddersfield) Mason Mount Ruben Loftus-Cheek Fikayo Tomori Cesar Azpilicueta Billy Gilmour Tammy Abraham Jorginho Callum Hudson-Odoi Antonio Rudiger Dujon Sterling (on-loan at Wigan Athletic) Dominic Calvert-Lewin Jonas Lossl Theo Walcott Lucas Digne Andre Gomes Yannick Bolasie Alex Iwobi Fabian Delph Morgan Schneiderlin James Lascelles Dwight Gayleka Christian Atsu Sean Longstaff Joelinton Martin Dubravka DeAndre Yedlin Federico Fernandez Karl Darlow Nabil Bentaleb Paul Dummet Florian Lejeune Declan Rice Jarrod Bowen Mark Noble Felipe Anderson Albian Ajeti Pablo Zabaleta Arthur Masuaku Ryan Fredericks Issa Diop Aaron Cresswell David Martin Morgan Gibbs-White Ruben Neves Matt Doherty Rui Patricio Will Norris Leaoardo Campana Diogo Jota Max Killman Bruno Jordao Pedro Neto Slideshow: Every Premier League player who could leave their club on 1 July (ReadSport)