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England Football stars support CWGC in commemorating soldiers who died on the Somme

03 June 2016

England internationals Joe Hart and James Milner have recorded a video message, paying tribute to the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives and in particular to the many professional footballers who fought in the battle.

 > Click here to view the video

England manager Roy Hodgson said: "On behalf of the England staff and squad, I would like to say a sincere thank you to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the very important work they do honouring our brave servicemen and women.

"This will be a very poignant summer as we look back to a century ago and it of course puts football in perspective. That said, sport has an incredible and unique power to educate, inspire and, most importantly, unite people of different backgrounds. All of us with the privilege of representing England and The FA will join the whole country in paying our respects when the nation remembers on 1 July."

The FA and the England Football Team, along with the Premier League and Football League, are marking the centenary of the First World War between 2014 and 2018 this summer as part of the on-going Football Remembers campaign. On 1 July 2016, football will join the rest of the nation in paying its respects to those who took part in the Battle of the Somme in northern France which raged over 141 days until 18 November 1916.

The memorial activity coincides with England's involvement in UEFA EURO 2016 in France, with the squad heading to its Chantilly base just outside Paris on Monday 6 June.

> Read the full press release here