GARETH SOUTHGATE’S England squad face being torn apart by a bitter wrangle over future commercial rights.SunSport can reveal some stars fear they will be out of pocket under new proposals. AFP England could be ripped in two in a row over new commercial rightsRex Features Kyle Walker works...
GARETH SOUTHGATE’S England squad face being torn apart by a bitter wrangle over future commercial rights.
SunSport can reveal some stars fear they will be out of pocket under new proposals.
They are concerned key players — led by skipper Harry Kane — might be treated far more favourably if the deal goes ahead.
One football insider said: “This has all the makings of another Denmark.”
The Danes, including Spurs ace Christian Eriksen, went on strike against Slovakia last month because of a row over commercial deals.
The FA are terminating their 12-year association with outside agency 1966 Entertainment.
Instead they have set up a players’ committee of seven — Kane, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph and Jesse Lingard — to see through the change.
The FA are pressing ahead with new commercial and image right plans despite complications at severing ties with 1966 founder Terry Byrne, who also handled boss Southgate’s new contract talks.
Concerns have been expressed to a sports lawyer, who the FA are paying to act on behalf of Kane, Henderson and Lallana.
Another legal eagle claims the new deal could breach the existing Team England constitution — and that the players’ leadership group does not have the authority to represent England.
The lawyer also insists the players could be at risk of being sued by 1966.
It is understood Kane and the rest of the committee have reservations themselves about the new set-up and the impact it will have on team spirit.
Southgate has battled hard to erase divisions in the squad.
Denmark’s strike saw their team made up of lower league and futsal players — and they went on to lose 3-0 to Slovakia.
Although there is no suggestion Kane and Co will do the same for the upcoming Nations League clashes against Croatia and Spain, the dispute could handicap Southgate’s hopes of building on the feelgood factor from the World Cup.
Last night an FA spokesperson confirmed: “We have been working closely with the players and their individual representatives to review the current commercial and marketing arrangements.”
It is understood one of the reasons behind the FA’s move is that the association with 1966 dates back to 2006 — when not one current player was under the initial contract.