Modeste moved to China on an initial two-year loan deal from Cologne in the summer, after scoring 45 goals in 73 appearances for the Bundesliga club over two seasons.

But it's hard to accuse the ex-Blackburn striker of being a money grabber after he kindly donated 450 tickets for underprivileged children in Cologne to watch Germany take on France at the RheinEnergieStadion.

"I have children myself and I know how much they enjoy going to the stadium," Modeste, who was born in Cannes, told German newspaper Express.

"Many kids don't have the chance (to go to football matches), so I'd like to invite them now.

"I think the kids will enjoy these moments. Germany against France, of all the matches in Cologne... that's perfect for such an occasion."