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Southgate defends England players after Hungary fans boo taking knee

Sat 04 June 2022 | 19:24

England began their UEFA Nations League campaign with a dismal 1-0 defeat in Hungary.

The match in Budapest was supposed to be behind closed doors following UEFA sanctioned

Hungary

for anti-gay and racist chanting during Euro 2020 matches but a 35,000 crowd made up of children was allowed into the stadium.

There were jeers and boos when England players took a knee before the game.

Southgate after the game told Channel 4:

”The first thing, that (taking the knee) is why we do it, to try to educate people around the world. I have no idea why people would choose to boo the gesture.

"The young people can't know why they are doing it so they are being influenced by older adults.

"The UEFA decision is for other people to decide. We have made our stand as a team, everyone knows what we believe in and stand for, it is a night where I need to focus on the football.”

Southgate about the defeat against Hungary said:

“We have to accept that we did not do enough to win the game, a draw would have been the fair outcome.

“We did not create too many clear cut chances and the actual result hinged on a decision which is harsh but probably won’t be overturned.

“Once it has been given as a penalty, he probably will not overturn it. You see challenges like that in the box, Reece James puts his body between the ball and the forward makes a meal of it. Away from home sometimes you will get those calls.”

England

will face

Germany

on Tuesday.

“We have to go and see how everybody has come through physically, there are players we tried to keep out of the game to refresh the team for Germany. That is now a bigger game.

“We want those challenges, we know we have a good team with some steps still to go and learned about some individual players and learned about different tactical challenges. I have to make sure I keep the players on track.”


source: SportMob

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