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What do you think of footballer wages?

John Terry and Wayne Rooney training with the England squad

England football boss Fabio Capello says players earn too much money and it's affecting their behaviour away from football.

But what do you think? Perhaps you think they deserve it because they train loads and they're public figures?

Or maybe you reckon it's not fair they get so much cash when other people who work hard don't?

And do you reckon footballers are good role models for kids, or do you think their massive salaries means they can sometimes behave badly?

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Your comments

"I think footballers earn too much money. The money they earn should actually go to charity to help sick people. It will be much better."

Hatice, 12, London, England

"I think that all footballers get paid too much! The money could go to charity or a small community like mine!"

Jamie-Lee, 10, Perthshire, Scotland

"PATHETIC! When did a footballer save a life, or help someone?? All they do is kick a football around! I think that people actually helping others, such as police, firemen, doctors, midwives, health professionals, teachers and nursery-nurses should get more money, because they are doing something good! I want to be a teacher for early years, and I think it's appalling that teachers work so hard and get paid so little!!"

Hannah, 14, Northampton, England

"I think footballers should get paid more like a million pounds a week!"

Josh, 11, Sheffield, England

"The wages they receive are ridiculous! They do not make a change to the world, they do not save lives and they don't do anything which needs great courage or bravery. Doctors, nurses, policemen and firemen should be paid far more than footballers!"

Isabel, 12, Maidenhead, England

"I am writing a discussion text for school and my subject is footballers are overpaid. I do think footballers are paid too much and it is affecting their behaviour off the pitch. Also, everybody wants to be one for the money."

Megan, 10, Spilsby, England

"Footballers earn way too much for nothing. Look at rugby players, they risk their lives to play rugby. Footballers should lose wages!"

Mike, 6, Battersea, England

"They are getting paid way too much. Each person in a team should get paid a certain amount for each match. If they carry on like this the football teams will run out of money to give their players."

Imaan, 9, Wandsworth, England

"When's the last time a footballer saved a life?"

Josh, 14, Yorkshire, England

"I think that they earn too much money for one person. Each team should have an amount of money to spend on wages, and no more."

Mahdi, 14, Leicester, England

"I think that footballers get paid FAR too much, they are just kicking a ball around!!"

Ada, 11, London, England

"I think footballers get paid too much. What exactly do they do? Just play a silly game against different teams. I think that people like teachers should get paid more."

Esther, 13, London, England

"I think that they get paid FAR to much for just kicking a ball around. They should still earn money but not lump-sums. The money could go to a much better cause."

Irfaan, 11, Leicester, England

"I think footballers get paid WAY too much. They get millions for what, kicking a ball around? I can do that anytime!"

Hinna, 13, Surrey, England

"I think footballers are getting paid too much. They only play and have fun, they don't risk their lives like others. They probably spend it on unnecessary things and should give some to charity."

Rejuwana, 10, London, England

"They get paid too much because all they do is kick a ball around. People who work harder get paid little for what they do."

Aoife, 11, London, England

"I think they get too much! All they know how is to kick a ball in a net. That's not a skill."

Harry, 10, England

"I think top players like Torres and Messi deserve a lot of money because they get their clubs crucial goals."

Oliver, 11, Surrey, England

"They get to much money for kicking a ball around when they probably don't play that well."

Sharmin, 12, London, England

"I think it is ridiculous how much they get paid. I believe that the money should go to people like doctors that help people."

Alice, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"Football players are paid FAR too much. With that money diseases could be cured, children in Third World countries could have a bright future and then footballers wouldn't think they were so great."

Conor, 10, County LondonDerry, N.Ireland

"They get payed way to much. All they do is kick a ball around a pitch. They shouldn't get all that money!!!

Cassie, 12, Mid Glamorgan, Wales

"I think they get paid about the right amount of wages."

Emily, 11, Essex, England

"I think footballers get paid way too much for just running up and down a football pitch, kicking a ball and showing off."

Chloe, 11, Essex, England

"Of course they get paid too much, so do people on TV. It should be doctors, nurses, soldiers, scientists and members of the emergency services that get paid the most."

Hannah, 13, Shropshire, England

"Yes, I do think footballers get paid too much. There are more deserving jobs that don't get paid enough, like soldiers and the fire brigade."

Kieran, 14, Cardiff, Wales

"I find it a bit unfair, they should give some money to charity."

Scarlett, 10, South Yorkshire, England

"I think they get paid way too much, for what? Kicking a ball around on a pitch. They don't do anything and that money could be put to better use like hospital aid or education. Nurses and doctors get paid a lot less for helping people!"

Nirali, 11, Walsall, England

"I think that Fabio has a brain! They shouldn't spend all this money on these people that don't do anything useful. Give the money to charities or doctors!"

Alexandra, 10, London, England

"I think they are paid too much money and people who do more should get more than they do."

Harley, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"They get paid way too much. All they do is kick a ball around when some people work hard all day long and other people save lives."

Emily, 11, Norwich, England

"I think that the wages are much too high. People who save lives should get higher wages."

Harry, 12, Cheshire, England

"Footballers get paid way too much when people like doctors are saving lives.

Rosie, 11, Worcestershire, England

"I think that people in the army should get the money because they put their lives on the line."

Ben, 13, Clwyd, Wales

"It's way, way, way too much! Some earn over £100,000 and they just sit on the bench for 90 minutes."

Charles, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I think that the amount of money they get paid is stupid. You might say it's because of the pressure and hard work, but it was their choice."

Leah, 13, Gwent, Wales

"What about all the doctors and other useful jobs? I mean I like football (Chelsea!), but footballers don't really do anything so they don't deserve it."

Anisa, 12, London, England

"Footballers get paid way too much and they behave badly. They still get all their money even when they set a bad example to kids."

Katherine, 10, Lancashire, England

"I don't think that they should get paid that much because other people work harder then them, but get paid less."

Eliza, 10, London, England

"I think footballers do deserve to get paid that much money since their clubs are global businesses that earn billions a year! It is only fair that they get a bit of that money."

Jordan, 14, Leicester, England

"I think it is a load of rubbish to get that much money for kicking a ball around. Even I could do that!"

Lily, 10, London, England

"I think the whole idea of players getting paid so much is ridiculous. All they do is kick a ball around and most likely score in a net! Nothing special!"

Sophie, 11, Huddersfield, England

"I think they get paid way too much! They don't need that money and it could be put to better use."

Miriam, 12, London, England

"Footballers get paid way too much money! It distracts them. My dad would have to work for 30 years to get that much MONEY!"

Zoe, 11, London, England

"They get paid too much, just for kicking a ball around!"

Amy, 11, Herts, England

"Footballers get paid far too much!"

Oscar, 10, Herts, England

"They get paid a lot! It's not the fact that they don't deserve it, but more the fact that people in the army deserve it a lot more."

Samuel, 13, West Sussex, England

"I think it is just plain stupid to be paid loads of money for kicking a ball around, when people who do USEFUL jobs don't!"

Emily, 11, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland

"I am really not into football, but I don't think they should get paid as much as they are because it can make them lose focus on what they need to do."

Kath, 11, Blackpool, England

"I think they earn way too much! Footballers only play a sport, but doctors, nurses and soldiers save people and help the country! They should get paid much less."

Izzy, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"They sort of do deserve it. Look at what has happened to Aaron Ramsey lately. They are at great risk of injury. But then again, they aren't saving lives, they are only giving us entertainment."

Suzanne, 14, Herts, England

"I think when they are in the Premiership they shouldn't be paid much, because they can get distracted with all the money. Perhaps they would work harder to earn more."

Alex, 11, Durham, England

"I think they get paid the right amount of money because of the amount of pressure they are put under."

Declin, 11, Buckinghamshire, England

"I really don't think footballers should get paid as much as they are getting because it can take their mind off the football and they will eventually start to under-perform."

Kayleigh, 10, Manchester, England