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“Unfortunately, I expected …” – Gareth Southgate promises England players will continue to kneel after more boos UK News

The Three Lions boss had asked fans not to boo the position on the eve of this final Euro 2020 warm-up game at Riverside Stadium but, as they did here on Wednesday night, a minority ignored the Southgate calls.

An experimental and inexperienced England took a 1-0 victory over Romania thanks to a penalty from captain Marcus Rashford in the second half, but it was the pre-match reaction that persisted throughout the game again.

Jordan Henderson’s return to action as a second-half substitute was marred by a missed penalty, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jadon Sancho both hit the crossbar.

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England manager Gareth Southgate (left) and Steve Holland, England assistant coach (right), “take a knee” ahead of the international friendly soccer match between England and Romania at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough (Photo by SCOTT HEPPELL / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

Southgate and his players agreed on the decision to continue kneeling as a gesture against racism and inequality despite the recent incidents, and he explained after the win that the position will not change.

“I think I was unfortunately expecting this to happen,” he said.

“We accepted that, as a group. It’s not going to stop what we do and what we believe. It certainly won’t stop my support for our players and staff.

“That’s it, we’ll have to live with it. We have said what we are going to say now.

“You are right to ask the question today, but in order to move forward I do not need to go into detail on this.”

Rashford, who was England captain for the first time, echoed his manager’s sentiments, telling ITV: “This is something we cannot control.

“For us, this is the right thing to do, so we will continue to do it.”

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