Gary Lineker reveals why he is inviting a refugee to come and live in his ...

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

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.

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

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

A migrant arriving in Dover

A migrant arriving in Dover

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:

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