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English pair to join Juan Mata by making Common Goal charity commitment

The first two English players to join Juan Mata's Common Goal project are set to be announced on Friday.

The Manchester United midfielder launched the charitable initiative in August, seeing one per cent of his wages donated to charity.

Turkey and Fenerbahce wide man Hasan Ali Kaldirim became the 10th member to commit to the initiative on Thursday, with two English Premier League players set to be announced on Friday.

Mata wrote on Twitter in response to the latest addition: "10th member. 6th nationality. 1st player from Turkey. Welcome Ali! #CommonGoal"

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini and Bayern Munich's Mats Hummels have already pledged one per cent of their wages, as have United States women's internationals Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.

Common Goal is run by the Berlin-based organisation streetfootballworld, which invests in more than 120 football-based charities in 80 countries.

Speaking last month at the Soccerex convention in Manchester, Mata said a United team-mate would soon be joining the initiative.

He said then: "We're not trying to change football but hopefully help as many people as we can through football, which makes sense because football is a big force for unity and good in the world.

"Nothing else can help like football can. Hopefully we can do something big and bring a lot of players and people who are involved in football on board.

"We are having promising conversations with people who make decisions in football and we are going to try to reach every single footballer out there."

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