England manager has won the inaugural Sky/Kick It Out equality and inclusion award for his fight against racism.
won the inaugural Sky/Kick It Out equality and inclusion award presented in Sports Journalists' Association (SJA) British Sports Awards which were held on Thursday.
The award is given to individuals who promote justice and social equality and take the lead in the fight against racism.
"The first thing is that I'm very proud of the players. We've had lots of open conversations with them and within the England team, but also in their own individual way,”
Southgate told Sky Sports after receiving the award.
"They've taken massive strides forward and represented the whole country in an impressive way, particularly around this area.
"And as their manager and leader when they're with England, it's important for me to have an understanding of what they've lived through and we've been through some incidents as a team ourselves that have thrust us into the spotlight really.
"I'm not sure we've asked to be in those positions. But we've felt an important role in representing the diversity of our country across the board when those situations have happened, so it is very important to us as a team. We are a diverse team."
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