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03/09/2020 09:02 BST | Updated 03/09/2020 11:19 BST

Gary Lineker To Welcome Refugee Into His Home To Live With Him

He has been in contact with the charity Refugees At Home, after criticising the government's response to migrants crossing the channel.

Gary Lineker is to welcome a refugee into his home to live with him.

The former England footballer has been very vocal in his criticism of the government’s response to migrants crossing the English channel, and according to The Mirror, will open his home to a refugee in just a few weeks.

He told the newspaper he was “not at all” apprehensive about his decision, insisting: “I have had so much connection with refugees over the last couple of years.

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

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Gary Lineker

He added: “I’m sure it will be fine. I have been thinking of doing something like that for a while.

“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?

“I’m used to young men in my house, I have four lads in their 20s and believe you me I’m sure they will behave better than my lot do.”

Gary revealed last month that he’d been in contact with the organisation Refugees At Home, after one critic on social media questioned whether he’d “housed any [migrants] yet”.

“Not yet,” he responded, along with a screenshot of an email from the UK charity, telling him they’d be in contact soon.

The Mirror has claimed that Gary will undergo both an interview with Refugees At Home and a home visit before, all being well, his application is approved and a refugee comes to live with him “in a few weeks’ time”.