Gareth Southgate confirms England will take the knee at World Cup

Gareth Southgate confirmed on Sunday that England players will take the knee ahead of their World Cup opener against Iran on Monday.

The team opted not to do so in the recent National League for the first time in two years, but they will now restore the gesture for the World Cup.

England will be displaying other forms of activism during the Iran game, with captain Harry Kane set to wear a One Love armband promoting inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights.

Kane could potentially face a fine or even a yellow card before kick off for breaching FIFA’s equipment regulations by wearing the armband.

Mark Bullingham, Chief Executive of the FA, has previously said that England are willing to be fined for wearing the armband as it was ‘really important to show our values’ at the World Cup.

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