England players will continue to master at the European Championship this summer after talks between senior stars with Gareth Southgate’s squad in the belief that it continues to convey a powerful message
English players are expected to keep taking the knee during the European Championship.
Gareth Southgate’s squad will make a final decision on whether or not to maintain the anti-racism gesture in pre-tournament camp discussions, but there is a feeling among senior members of the squad that the act continues to convey a powerful message.
The European Championship is one of the most watched events in world football and it is recognized that continuing this gesture will have a major global impact.
Jadon Sancho and Co are expected to continue to master at Euro 2020
UEFA has strict rules regarding political statements, but has allowed English players to master during the Nations League and are unlikely to change their position during the tournament.
It is also clear that the governing body of European football is not expected to take action against players displaying flags in connection with the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
This week marks the 12th anniversary of George Floyd’s death in the US, the incident that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.
The FA, in partnership with the Premier League, EFL and PFA, has led the fight to bring more diversity to the English game.
Gareth Southgate’s squad will finalize their decision on the gesture before the game
England’s senior players believe they can send a powerful message to the viewing public
The governing body, led by Paul Elliott, Chairman of the Inclusion Advisory Board and CEO Mark Bullingham, has successfully implemented their historic diversity code to ensure greater ethnic representation in top positions in English football.
Elliott, who was Chelsea’s first black captain, is currently working on the launch of FA’s grassroots diversity code that will mirror the original document.
Sportsmail may also reveal that the FA plans to enact a trust code for the football community, a project also believed to be led by Elliott, which will strive for greater diversity within clubs at the local level.
Paul Elliott has successfully implemented the FA’s historic diversity code
Indeed, the expectation that the men of Southgate will continue to master during the Euro will further strengthen the FA’s anti-discrimination policy.
England’s pre-tournament camp kicks off Friday, with a number of coaches arriving at their pre-tournament training base in Middlesbrough ahead of the first wave of players to sign up on Saturday.
Southgate will not travel to Portugal for Saturday’s Champions League, where he has seven more players, to greet the first crop of team members.