It cannot be emphasized how important it is for England to cheer at Wembley Stadium on Sunday to start the first European Championship match.
If you want to recreate the spirit of the World Cup three years ago, it will give our guys (the ones playing in the first major tournament) a big boost.
I’m in the stadium where I work at ITV, and when that first whistle rings and the player kneels, I admire and cheer them on.
We encourage you to do the same. If you’re lucky you can be in the stadium, and if someone is booing nearby, applaud and cheer. Drown them.
Listen, I’ve played with Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, and Kyle Walker. Sterling was the first player of his generation and challenged the way black players are recognized in the media.
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Rashford was great in that he changed government policies to feed the children of the country.
All players in the English dressing room have the strength of a character to overcome adversity and fight. But they should not experience that adversity here. Not from their own supporters. Ten to fifteen years ago, racism here was so problematic that booers were probably allowed to win.
I want to think that is not the case anymore.
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Opposition to the knee has been going on for a year.
Initially, opponents could make an excuse that players seemed to support political groups. not anymore.
In fact, it’s very often possible to say that you’re actually at stake in the life of a black man before you come to the conclusion that booers have a motive.
Now let’s focus on the players who want to be proud of us on Sunday.
Imagine how they feel when they hear a loud cheer when they kneel. It will give them a lot of confidence-and will take our European Championship campaign to a breakthrough.
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