England women secure pay increase


The England women's football team have secured a £4,000 per year pay rise following negotiations with the national body.

The deal also includes an increase in the number of hours the players can work in second jobs to 24 per week.

Many of the players supplement their income by coaching in the communities and promoting women's football in schools and colleges. Everton and England international Jill Scott works part-time recruiting and coaching young players for Gateshead's women's football academy.

It is understood that the players are happy with the agreement that has been reached, after PFA chief Gordon Taylor labelled the previous package as "embarrassing".

The deal was reached as the England squad set off to La Manga for warm-weather training in preparation for the 2013 season, which sees the national team competing in the European Championships in Sweden this summer.

An unbeaten record in qualification saw England rise to sixth in the FIFA rankings, their highest ever placing. However, manager Hope Powell is refusing to allow any complacency to set in. Speaking to UEFA.com, she said: "We have to recognise that while we think we have progressed, undoubtedly so has everyone else. So one thing we can be sure of is that the Euros will be a tough and very challenging tournament.

"In 2009 we managed to get to the final and our ambition is to continue to get better and getting better would be to get in the final again. So we wait and see."

During their trip to Spain, the England side have already played out a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, with a strike from Birmingham City's Laura Bassett enough to earn a share of the spoils.

Next up are Spain, who ended Scotland's hopes of making Euro 2013 when they beat them in the play-offs. As Spain are in England's group for the European Championships in July, this will be a good opportunity for the team and management to have a look at their summer opponents.

Russia and the highly-rated France are the other two sides in England's European Championship group with all of the group matches to be played in Linkoping.

Following their visit to Spain, England will take part in the annual Cyprus Cup where they will play games against New Zealand, Italy and Scotland in March.

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