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Harry Kane is captaining England into the Euros (Neil Hall/PA)

Harry Kane is captaining England into the Euros (Neil Hall/PA)

Harry Kane is captaining England into the Euros (Neil Hall/PA)

Eamon Dunphy is backing England to shine at Euro 2020 this summer and his sentiments are not as crazy as they might seem.

Former RTE pundit Dunphy has been a passionate supporter of Irish football throughout his career, but he has thrown his weight behind Paddy Power's #SaveOurGame campaign ahead of this summer's European Championships.

The betting firm slapped a 100 x 56m England flag (enough to hide Big Ben behind) on the famous Carlisle Grounds to mark Paddy Power’s pledge to donate €10k to the Irish grassroots cause for every goal England score at this year’s tournament.

After the Republic of Ireland squad’s failure to qualify for the tournament, and host games were ripped from the palm of our nation’s hands, the bookmaker wants to ensure the best fans in the world still have skin in the game – and will guarantee a figure of €100k is donated to senior clubs here, no matter what.

The Come On Your Boys In White Campaign has an extra twist as if former Ireland stars Jack Grealish or Declan Rice score for England at Euro 2020, Paddy Power will pay a €20k 'Backstabber Bonus' into Irish grassroots football.

"I think it's a great idea," stated Dunphy. "The money could be very important to Irish grassroots football and money has always been a problem for our football.

"This is a good way for Irish people to take an interest in the Euros and give them an alternative reason to cheer on England goals.

"So many people in Ireland follow English clubs anyway and every time they score, €10,000 will be going towards grassroots football in Ireland at a level where it is really needed. There will be no shortage of people applying for grants from this fund and I'm very happy to be a part of it.

"I have nothing against the English. I don't think they will win Euro 2020 as I don't expect them to be competitive with teams like Portugal and France, but if they can score a few goals and help Irish grassroots football, it is a cause we can all get behind it. If you can't beat them, join them!"

After the Republic of Ireland's failure to qualify for the tournament, and host games were ripped from the palm of our nation’s hands, the bookmaker wants to ensure the best fans in the world still have skin in the game – and will guarantee a figure of €100k is donated to senior clubs here, no matter what.

Those involved in grassroots football in Ireland can apply to claim a part of the Paddy Power fund at the end of Euro 2020, with the windfall certain to be welcomed at a time when finances have been stretched like never before.

Paddy Power is now in calling on 18+ representatives from clubs with senior teams nationwide to get in touch via saveourgame@paddypower.com or via Paddy Power’s social media channels explaining what they need the money for and why.

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