Watch: England stars talk about importance of encouragement

England internationals have joined forces to ask parents to be positive about their children’s involvement in the game.

Jesse Lingard, Ross Barkley, Toni Duggan and blind footballer Azeem Amir have spoken about the influence of the people closest to them who played in the development of their love of the game, and feature in a video released on Monday to promote the 21 Days of Positivity campaign, as part of the wider Respect campaign.

In the YouTube clip, Barkley talks about his mum’s dedication, Lingard thanks his youth coaches and granddad, Duggan thanks her mother and Azeem calls out his mobility officer.

“I’d advise all parents to support their child when they’re playing football. At a young age, they are just playing for the fun of it. My Mum and Grandad both did a lot to help and it was a great feeling to have your family on your side.”

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