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Gary Lineker posts ‘welcome’ video as he prepares to house refugee in his home

He is said to be waiting for his application to be approved.

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Gary Lineker says he has space in his house (Jane Barlow/PA)

Gary Lineker says he has space in his house (Jane Barlow/PA)

Gary Lineker says he has space in his house (Jane Barlow/PA)

Gary Lineker stated that “providing a new start” represents “the best of Britain’s values” as he prepares to welcome a refugee in his home.

The Match Of The Day host, 59, is waiting for his application to house a refugee to be approved.

“I have been thinking of doing something like that for a while,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“My kids are all grown up so I’ve got plenty of room so if I can help on a temporary basis then I’m more than happy to do so. Why not?”

He has been in touch with charity Refugees At Home, according to the report, and will have an interview and a home visit from the organisation before his application is approved.

It comes as Lineker filmed a “refugees welcome” video for the International Rescue Committee.

Posting the video on Twitter, he wrote: “Providing a new start to those who’ve fled their homes represents the best of Britain’s values.

“As we know, refugees have always helped to keep our communities safe and make our society stronger.

“They even brought us fish and chips.”

Sitting in a cafe, with union bunting behind him, Lineker says that “Britain wouldn’t be Britain without fish and chips, a national institution, a culinary delight”.

The animated fish and chips then tell the TV host that they were brought over to the UK by refugees, who also combined the two.

Lineker states: “Britain wouldn’t be Britain without refugees” and the video ends with a “refugees welcome” sign on the cafe door.

The ex-Leicester, Everton, Barcelona and Tottenham striker told the Daily Mirror he is “not at all” apprehensive about housing a refugee and has no idea who he will be living with or where they will be from.

“I have had so much connection with refugees over the last couple of years,” he said.

“I have met scores of young ­refugees through football schemes and they are genuinely lovely kids and they appreciate any help they can get.”

The former footballer has been critical of the Government’s response to migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, describing it as “heartless and completely without empathy”.

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Dinghies and Ribs are moored up at Dover harbour (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Dinghies and Ribs are moored up at Dover harbour (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Dinghies and Ribs are moored up at Dover harbour (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Last month Lineker, father to four sons, hinted he was willing to house a refugee after sharing a screenshot from an email from Refugees At Home.

Tory MP Lee Anderson accused Lineker of “virtue signalling” and suggested he should house “the next boat of illegal immigrants”.

The Home Office has come under scrutiny over record numbers of migrants crossing the Channel to reach the UK.

At least 409 people reached British shores in a rush of small boats on Wednesday, a new single-day record.

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