England’s leadership team will discuss whether to take a knee as an anti-racism gesture before Thursday’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against San Marino, manager Gareth Southgate said.

The pre-match gesture has been a part of England’s Premier League and lower-tier English Football League games since football resumed after the COVID-19 shutdown last June. However, some within the game have said the gesture is merely symbolic and no longer carries any weight, while Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha recently said taking a knee before matches was “degrading.”

“We’ll be unified on whatever we do and if there’s any doubt I think we would take the knee,” Southgate said.

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“I spoke with the leadership team and asked them to talk to the rest because I think it’s a good process to hear each…

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