Sun 20 November 2022 | 18:08

Southgate is “not informed enough” to make a gesture for Iranian women

Ahead of Iran's World Cup opener against England, Gareth Southgate confirmed his captain Harry Kane will wear the OneLove armband, while the rest of the squad will take a knee for “Black Live Matters” before the kick-off.

England

will face Iran for their World Cup opener on Monday as

Gareth Southgate

faces Carlos Queiroz's men. Iran's head coach had two spells as Manchester United's legendary head coach, Alex Ferguson, assistant and he helped the Scot win the Red Devils six trophies. England’s boss confirms they will take a knee before the match for the Black Live Matters campaign.

"We have discussed taking the knee, we feel we should,"

Southgate told reporters on Sunday.

"It's what we stand for as a team and have done for a long period of time.

"We understand in the Premier League, teams decided to only do it for the big games, the big occasions.

"We feel this is the biggest.

"We think it's a strong statement that will go around the world to young people in particular to show inclusivity is important."

England captain

Harry Kane

will also wear an LGBTQ+ supporting armband in the match as he could receive an immediate yellow card for donning the armband.

"I think we made clear as a team, as a staff and organization that we want to wear the armband,"

Kane said

.

"I know the FA [Football Association] is talking to FIFA at the moment and I'm sure by game time they'll have their decision, but we made clear we want to wear it."

Southgate continued: "There's nothing more I can add to what Harry's said. I know there are conversations going on.

"A number or European countries have spoken and we made our position clear, and hopefully everything will be resolved before the game."

However, England ruled out any gesture in support of women in 

Iran

, who had protests leading to the death of thousands of people.

"I don't feel informed enough to comment on what's going on in Iran, it's not my place either,"

he added.

"I understand for Iranian players and the manager, they're in a difficult position but they're better informed.

"If we were asked by their team to support in some way, we would have to consider that, but at the moment it hasn't happened.

"We're all focused on the football now. This has been a complicated build-up in terms of many issues, but now our country expects us to focus on preparing the team as well as we can. I don't think people should expect that to be any different for us."

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