Is this the end of the One Love armband controversy? Not really. Asked after England’s demonstration against Iran (6-2), Harry Kane said he was “disappointed” at not being able to wear the armband in all the colors of the rainbow advocating the fight against discrimination: “We wanted to wear it. , this decision was taken from my hands. I came to the stadium with an armband and was told that I had to wear this one (official FIFA). »
The captain of the Three Lions reflected on that tumultuous day when the major European federations succumbed to the threat of sanctions from FIFA: “This is a matter that is beyond our control as players. I am sure that the FA and FIFA will continue these discussions. The Tottenham striker recalled the various positions taken by selection in the past and confirmed that it is not over yet: “You have seen that over the past five years we have taken a position as a team and we will continue to do so for as long as it is Maybe. We also took a knee today, but sometimes these decisions do not depend on us, and this is the main thing. »
“Players shouldn’t care about this”
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Coach Gareth Southgate lamented the timing of the whole controversy: “It’s not something that I and the players should have been doing in the last 24 hours (before the game against Iran). However, the English technician indicated that the incident did not “distract his players”. “We needed to focus on football, now we could not deal with this issue. We have to focus on performance and training, especially on the players. It’s not their job to take care of it,” he pleaded. In any case, England did their job on the ground, pulverizing Iran (6-2).