England players to continue taking knee during Euro 2020, confirms Gareth Southgate

There were boos at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night when England took on Romania - but it won't stop them taking the knee

Posted Sunday, June 06, 2021 by Dailystar.co.uk

Gareth Southgate has vowed England will continue to take the knee this summer as he hit back at the boo-boys.

Some fans whistled and jeered before their midweek win over Austria when the Three Lions made their usual pre-match gesture in the fight against racism.

But defiant England boss Southgate has declared his team will NOT allow that negative reaction to stop them supporting the cause at the Euros.

Instead, they will use the tournament to further promote their position to the watching millions.

Southgate declared: “The first thing is that, collectively, we are very disappointed it happened.

England players to continue taking knee during Euro 2020, confirms Gareth Southgate
England's players will continue to take the knee at Euro 2020

“But we feel more determined than ever to take the knee throughout this tournament.

“The players know the power of their voices and they can make a difference. We accept there might be an adverse reaction but we're going to ignore that and move forward.

“There's an acceptance this gesture is waning in impact because it’s been going for a season.

“But at the European Championships, where the games are shown around the world, that moment just before kick-off will have a significant impact.

“If we can affect only a handful of people, we’ve made the world better for others.”

That decision was taken after a team meeting - and Southgate reckons those who object need to take a look at themselves.

He rapped: “They should put themselves in the shoes of a young England player about to represent his country. If it was their children out there, how would they feel?

“The players are sick of talking about it and will not take questions on it through the tournament. We don’t want to give more oxygen to these people.

“If you don't agree with the situation, you don't have to do anything. But to boo your own team is very strange.”

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