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Gary Lineker tells why he's inviting refugee to live in his £4million Surrey mansion


Gary Lineker has revealed why he is inviting a refugee to come and live in his £4 million five-bedroom Surrey mansion.

In just a few weeks times Lineker, the BBC's highest paid employee with a salary of £1.75 million, will welcome a migrant into his home in Barnes.

Last month, the 59-year-old former England striker was challenged by a Tory MP over virtue-signalling on Twitter and so he has put his house where his mouth is.

Despite the reservations many might have about welcoming in a total stranger, Lineker said 'it will be fine' and that he's well used to young men crashing about the house as he has four sons in their 20s.

The former England striker is partnering with charity Refugees at Home and has no idea yet who will be staying with him or where they have come from.

Lineker told The Daily Mirror: 'I have met scores of young ­refugees through football schemes and they are genuinely lovely kids and they appreciate any help they can get.

'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. Bloody messy buggers boys, aren't they?'

Lineker told the paper that he believes Britain has gained much from refugees, citing fish and chips brought by 16th century Jews from Spain and Portugal and even pointing out that St George was Turkish.

Lineker's strident views on Twitter about Brexit have earned him the title 'lefty luvvie,' and he anticipates more abuse for standing up for migrants.

But he said he has no desire to lecture others and tell them what to do: 'All you can really do is concentrate on what you believe is right and go from there.'

Lineker described modern discourse as 'toxic' and put that down to social media at least in part, saying he yearned for the days when lively debate could be enjoyed in the pub with your best mates.

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My view: Good on him, doing something kind for someone else is great, Gary Linekar can afford to help.

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