ENGLAND legend Gary Lineker has donated £3,000 to help pay for Doncaster Rovers Belles captain Sophie Scargill's knee ligament surgery.

Scargill needed to raise £5,000 to pay for the surgery or wait two years to have it done on the NHS.

The 26-year-old instead set up a JustGiving page which already raised over £8,000, well over the targeted amount.

And Lineker, 60, donated £3,000 and sent the women's star a message of support.

He said: "I see you need another £3,000. It’s my pleasure to help. Hope you’re back playing soon."

Scargill thanked Lineker on Twitter, saying: "Wow. Speechless. Can’t quite believe any of this.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has so generously helped me reach my target.

"@GaryLineker your unbelievable donation means I can now start my recovery process.

"@JayMitchinson @NWestbyYPSport thank you."

Footy fans are praising Lineker's wonderful gesture on social media.

One said on Twitter: "Fair play by Gary Lineker. Donating £3,000 to help Sophie Scargill get a knee ligament surgery. Hats off to the lad."

Another said: "This is quality from @GaryLineker.

"Doncaster Rovers Belles captain Sophie Scargill needed to raise £5,000 to pay for knee surgery to save her career, he saw she was £3,000 short and made the donation!"

Lineker isn't the only high profile sporting figure to donate towards the Footy ace's knee surgery.

Watford player Danny Rose donated £2,500.

The former England international told Scargill 'don't rush it' when she's on the road to recovery.

He said: "Wish you a speedy recovery. Don’t rush it. All the best."

It also appears Chelsea star Reece James has chipped in too.

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