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Free England tie tickets for troops

Five hundred members of the Armed Forces will receive free tickets for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales, it was announced today.

The Football Association (FA) has donated the tickets for the match at Wembley on September 6, charity Tickets for Troops said.

Tuesday's match follows England's 3-0 win in Bulgaria with two goals from Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and one from Bolton defender Gary Cahill.

England stars John Terry and Steven Gerrard are both patrons of the charity.

Gerrard said: "Young men and women are risking their lives every day and Tickets for Troops is a very simple way of respecting their courage and their sacrifices."

Tickets For Troops was set up in 2009 to provide members of the Armed Forces with free tickets for major sporting events, theatre performances, music concerts and cultural attractions.

Since launching it has received donations of more than 260,000 tickets and almost 100,000 troops have registered on the website

It has recently offered tickets for Iron Maiden concerts, Premier League football matches and the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Former England striker Alan Shearer, who is also a patron, said: "I am delighted and proud to back such a fantastic scheme.

"I am sure this will make a major difference to our Armed Forces and is a very simple way for us to recognise their bravery and sacrifice."


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