England players are to take the knee ahead of matches at the 2022 World Cup, manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed.
While the Three Lions squad did not make the gesture – which is a symbolic gesture against racism, that was originally upon intended to be done in place of standing to attention for an anthem or other such occasion – during their games against Germany and Italy in September, they will be doing so before matches this World Cup.
Players will take the knee when they play Iran in their opening Group B match today.
Manager Gareth Southgate explained in a press conference yesterday that the squad will continue with the gesture at this tournament as it is “what we stand for as a team and have done for a long period of time”.
“We have discussed taking the knee,” he explained and added that “we feel we should.”
Southgate did reference the fact that taking the knee has now been limited to certain games in the Premier League this season, including on Boxing Day and in cup final games, but says the team believes the World Cup is “the biggest” occasion of them all.
He continued: “Of course we understand in the Premier League that the clubs have decided to only do that for certain games, big occasions [but] we feel this is the biggest.
“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.”
The news that England are to the knee ahead of matches they play at this World Cup comes after The FA confirmed it is prepared to pay any fine handed to them over Harry Kane’s decision to wear the ‘One Love’ captain’s armband throughout the tournament.
The armband is intended to promote inclusivity, campaign against discrimination, and show support to the LGBTQ+ community.
The FA says it thinks it is “really important to show our values” during the tournament.
The Three Lions’ first game in the 2022 World Cup against Iran kicks-off at 1pm GMT, with their second group game against the USA taking place on 25 November, and the final clash of the group stage coming against Wales on 29 November.
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Police issue update after Sterling flies home from World Cup following home invasion
Surrey Police have issued an update following Raheem Sterling’s home invasion that has forced the England international to fly home from the 2022 World Cup.
The former Manchester City star was left out of the Three Lions squad against Senegal due to a “family matter” on Sunday before the exact circumstances were confirmed shortly after.
Authorities have now verified that hundreds of thousands of pounds of goods had been stolen from the property but that, fortunately, “no threat of violence was involved”.
Sterling flew just hours after hearing of the break-in at his home Leatherhead home where he lives with his fiancé and two children.
Manager Gareth Southgate could not confirm whether the Chelsea player will be returning to the squad, insisting that, obviously, “the priority is for him to be with his family” and that they will “give him as much time as he needs”.
The police force said in a statement: “We are currently investigating a report of a burglary at an address in Oxshott, Leatherhead.
“Police were contacted just before 9pm on Saturday, December 3rd after the occupants of the property came home and discovered a number of items including jewellery and watches had been stolen.
“Inquiries to establish the circumstances are underway and the investigation is ongoing. No threat of violence was involved as the items were discovered stolen retrospectively. Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”
Grealish holds his hands up over Almirón dig: ‘I do stupid stuff’
Jack Grealish has finally held his hands up after mocking Miguel Almirón, assuring that while he has made mistakes in career, he has a “good heart”.
Speaking to the media at the national camp in Qatar, the footballer was asked about his now-infamous dig at the Newcastle player, quipping that teammate Riyad Mahrez “played like Almirón” in a sub-par performance during Manchester City‘s 2021/22 title-winning match back in May.
Ironically, Grealish‘s Almiron joke has preceded an incredible run of form from the winger this year, arguably being their player of the season with eight goals to his name already.
Despite the 28-year-old insisting he has “never really paid attention” to what people say about him, he will have inevitably seen the viral clip.
Nevertheless, the England and City star took accountability for the unnecessary outburst, confessing, “I do stupid stuff, that was one”, whilst assuring: “Obviously I’ve done stupid stuff in my life but I think everything that I do good is from my heart.”
The 27-year-old went on to say that describe his Premier League peer as a “great player”, adding: “what a guy… if that was me and somebody had said that about me, I’d have probably been the other way and been like: ‘f*** it'”.
While he said he didn’t think the drunken video would go public, he knows it wasn’t the most professional of moments and that not only is he “buzzing” to see Almirón playing so well but that he will be sure to “show him the most respect” the next time they meet on the pitch.