Why England players are taking a knee before games at Euro 2020

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England's players will continue to take the knee before matches at Euro 2020 – despite a section of their supporters opposing the gesture.

A section of England fans marred the warm-up friendly matches before Euro 2020 by booing the players for taking a knee prior to kick-off.

In both fixtures held at the Riverside Stadium – 1-0 wins against Austria and Romania respectively – the Three Lions were met with a chorus of jeers from the home crowd for performing the show of solidarity.

This comes despite Gareth Southgate explaining to fans why it was being done and stating that it wasn't politically motivated, but rather just a symbol against social injustice and racism across the world, as well as in football.

However, some fans have seemed to ignore that, although a section of the crowd at each game did applaud to try and drown them out.

Jack Grealish and Jesse Lingard of England take a knee.
(Image: Getty Images)

Southgate insists his England players will not let the boos stop them making a statement during Euro 2020.

“We feel more than ever that we are determined to take the knee throughout this tournament," he said. "We accept that there might be an adverse reaction but we're going to ignore that and move forward.

“I think those people should put themselves in the shoes of those young players and how they must feel. If that was their children – if they're old enough to have children – how would they feel about their kids being in that situation?

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"The most important thing for our players is for them to know we are totally united on it.”

Rashford said: "We believe it is the right thing to do so we will continue to do it."

Meanwhile, former England star turned BBC presenter Gary Lineker has also provided his view on the matter by sending a strong message to fans.

He wrote on Twitter : "If you boo England players for taking the knee, you’re part of the reason why players are taking the knee."

Ex-England international Rio Ferdinand also gave his thoughts, telling BBC Breakfast: "If [people who booed] had listened to Gareth Southgate in his press conferences and what the players have said, taking the knee is not about politics.

"There are a lot of people, I feel stupid people, making excuses and using politics as a reason they don't agree or they're booing players taking the knee.

"Listen, educate yourself, be informed and then you won't be booing."

Premier League clubs have been performing the ritual before every game this past season, and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says England's players have no intentions of doing otherwise.

"As players, we've made it very clear that we'll all stand together against racism and that is the reason that we'll continue to take the knee and have done over the last few weeks," said the Liverpool midfielder.

"It's about being together and doing what we think is right, and that's what we feel is right."

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