England Women call for the FA to introduce equal pay with men's side

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Lionesses Jordan Nobbs and Beth England are leading calls for the FA to pay England Women the same as male internationals.

Australia have become the latest nation to set a precedent following a historic deal, which was announced on Wednesday.

The Matildas will be upgraded to the same salaries as their male counterparts, their top players currently earning around A$100,000 a year.

The only difference between Australia's teams going forward will be prize money, which is typically higher in men's competitions.

Now, some of England's most high-profile players are hoping for similar changes. 

Chelsea midfielder England is quoted by BBC Sport: 

"I think any women's footballer wants to be respected and equal to their male counterparts.

"Australia have taken their first step and hopefully many more teams will join in with that. If that was to happen with England as well it would be amazing because we still train, we still do all the hard work the same as the men do.

"It's one of them where we have been better than [the men] so why are we not on the same [pay] as them, in a way?

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"But, again, look at the revenue that the men bring in and you can't really compare it because their standard is relatively higher than the women - so it's going to be an ongoing battle and a long process.

"I don't think it's going to be a quick fix and I'd like to think that us as women are still pioneering to push it forward and get that equal pay."

Nobbs added: 

"When you see other nations doing it of course we want to carry on that progression with our nation."

New Zealand and Norway also operate on a similar mantra to Australia's new system. 

The men's team, the Socceroos, enjoy other perks such as business class air travel and superior training facilities.

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The Matildas - ranked 36 places higher than the men's side in their respective FIFA rankings - will now also be afforded those entitlements.

US Women hit the headlines from March onwards when they began a legal battle with US Soccer over their wages. 

Months later, as they reaffirmed their position as world-conquerors in the summer's FIFA WWC, chants of "equal pay" rang around the Stade de Lyon.

Megan Rapinoe has arguably been the cause's greatest champion ever since.

It is only right that England's stars join the conversation, for this is a fight which transcends individual teams, football, and even the world of sport. 

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