England stars join UNICEF's campaign to help battle against malaria

Wayne Rooney of England gestures during the International friendly match between England and Norway at Wembley Stadium on September 3, 2014
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Wayne Rooney fronts a new campaign between the England football team and UNICEF as they try to tackle malaria.

England players including captain Wayne Rooney have teamed up with children's charity UNICEF to raise awareness and help prevent malaria.

The Manchester United star, as well as England's Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere and Gary Cahill, have posed in photos promoting life-saving mosquito nets.

"It's unbelievable that every 90 minutes, the time it takes to play a football match, 180 children will lose their lives to malaria," said Rooney.

"As captain of the England football team I am hugely proud that we are able to help UNICEF in its goal of protecting every child in danger from this disease."

The new campaign has come about after the England Football Foundation agreed a four-year partnership with the children's organisation.

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