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FOOTBALL

Southgate says England’s performance at Euros can unite people

FILE PHOTO: Gareth Southgate, head coach of England football team. (Photo by Nick Potts/Getty Images)

By: Sattwik Biswal

AHEAD of Sunday’s (13) opening game against Croatia, manager Gareth Southgate said England’s performance at the European Championship can help in uniting the country.

England, semifinalists at the 2018 World Cup, are deemed one of the favourites to win the European showpiece but their build-up to the tournament has been marred by some fans booing players for the anti-racism gesture of “taking the knee”.

There were jeers from a small section of spectators at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough when players took the knee before England’s friendly wins over Austria and Romania last week.

“I think it’s time for the country to unite, full stop,” Southgate told the BBC on Friday (11). “If the team can be a catalyst for that then that’s brilliant.

“I think the England team is often a catalyst for bringing people together … so of course in the process of doing that we want to play well, we want to win, we want to excite people, but not all of that falls upon us.”

The Three Lions revived the country’s love affair with football when they reached the semifinals of Euro 1996, which was held on home soil.

Southgate, who was part of coach Terry Venables’ team which lost to Germany in the last-four that year, said it was time for England to “remember what a strong nation we are”.

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