'A strong statement would be to boycott' - Fans SLAM England's plan to take the knee at Qatar World Cup
The Three Lions made the gesture against racism and inequality in 33 straight matches after football returned after the Covid-19 shutdown
Gareth Southgate has confirmed England will take the knee at the World Cup in Qatar.
The Three Lions made the gesture against racism and inequality in 33 straight matches after football returned after the Covid-19 shutdown.
England did not take the knee in September’s fixtures but they will make the gesture in Monday’s Group B opener against Iran and beyond at the World Cup.
Relative of Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend 'COULDN'T STAND' Duke's 'neediness'
Rishi Sunak intervenes to BLOCK move to strip Harry and Meghan of their royal titles - PM opposes landmark bill
Harry and Meghan 'inspire millions with their authenticity' - Netflix chief says he's 'incredibly proud' of royal 'leaders'
“We have discussed taking the knee,” England manager Southgate said. “We feel we should.
“It’s what we stand for as a team and have done for a long period of time.
“Of course we understand in the Premier League that the clubs have decided to only do that for certain games, big occasions.
“We feel this is the biggest and we think it’s a strong statement that will go around the world for young people, in particular, to see that inclusivity is very important.”
Premier League captains decided ahead of the start of this season to use specific moments to take the knee rather than making the gesture at every match.
The teams agreed to perform the act ahead of the opening round, dedicated ‘No Room For Racism’ matches in October and March, on Boxing Day and the final round, as well as the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals.
Fans have taken to social media to discuss the decision, with one saying: "A strong statement would be to boycott the World Cup rather than virtue signalling for a couple of seconds."
Another Twitter user stated: "Hasn't achieved anything so far."
A further commenter said he no longer intends to watch the tournament, announcing: "That settles it, shall not be watching now."
CWU blames Royal Mail for postal strikes - 'REFUSING to negotiate'
Matt Hancock not telling the truth about what REALLY happened during Covid crisis, claims ex No.10 adviser Andrew Gilligan
Elton John takes swipe at Elon Musk as he announces he will quit Twitter over changes to ‘misinformation’ policy
Kurdish people smuggling gang jailed for bringing migrants into UK in back of lorries
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt could BOTH lose their seats at next election: Prof John Curtice issues dire warning - 'Tories will be decimated!'
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney say they have 'never heard of' Harry & Meghan doc ahead of meeting King
Just Stop Oil activist lashes out at Government over Cumbria coal mine- ‘Taking us back to the Dark Ages!’
Brexit Britain to build most advanced fighter jet in the WORLD: Self-flying 'ultra stealth' plane will be airborne by 2035
How to watch GB News: We're live on TV on Virgin channel 604, Freesat 216, Sky 515, Freeview 236, YouView 236. Listen wherever you are on DAB+ Radio, or if you haven't already, just download the GB News App to watch live, get breaking news alerts and catch up with all our shows on the go!