WATCH: Gareth Southgate makes video call to Sussex's two £50k football fundraising leaders

The two Sussex football stalwarts who led a £50,000 fundraising drive for the NHS have been rewarded with a video call from England boss Gareth Southgate.

Gareth Southgate chats to Kevin Keehan and Scott Kirkwood

The national team boss delighted Kevin Keehan and Scott Kirkwood by making contact after hearing about the Run5k4NHS project, which passed the £50,000 mark last week - having set out hoping to net just £3,000.

The pair's efforts led to hundreds of footballers, club staff and supporters across West and East Sussex each do a 5k run and gather in their own donations.

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Scott Kirkwood after his 5k

Southgate asked the duo how the initiative had started and how it had become a success. He praised them for helping the community in time of need and said it was a fine example to everyone in football.

Kirkwood responded by telling Southgate - who of course has close links to Crawley - what a good job he was doing as England boss.

Kevin Keehan after his run