Posted on November 25, 2022

England Players Again Take the Knee… For Three Seconds, in World Cup Match Against USMNT

Andy Hall, AS, November 25, 2022

Gareth Southgate’s England players had taken the knee, very briefly, in their opening game at the 2022 World Cup against Iran. Moments before kick-off, the Three Lions knelt for two, perhaps three seconds, making a statement about “inclusivity” as a demonstration against discrimination and racism. England returned to taking the knee in their World Cup opener after ditching the gesture in their two previous games – Nations League qualifying matches against Germany and Italy in September.

England on Friday evening once again took the knee, again briefly, before kick-off in their second group stage match against the USMNT. {snip}


England coach Southgate has insisted that his players would be taking up their stance in Qatar, telling reporters, “We feel we should. We think it’s a strong statement that will go around the world, especially for young people, that is important.” {snip}