Germany are in talks about taking the knee ahead of Euro 2020 Wembley showdown against England tomorrow despite not kneeling at all in 2021… with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer impressed by solidarity of Three Lions in tackling racism
England could be joined byin taking a knee before their Euro 2020 last-16 tie at Wembley tomorrow night, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has confirmed.
‘s Three Lions have consistently taken a knee prior to matches in 2021 to help raise awareness for tackling racism and discrimination.
In contract, Germany have not kneeled before games but goalkeeper Neuer has said that the issue of whether to join England in taking a knee has been discussed in the dressing room ahead of Tuesday’s knockout tie.
‘We think that’s very good from the English national team and from the teams that also do it in the,’ Neuer told .
‘We haven’t seen it in this form from the Bundesliga or our international matches. We talk about it in the team.’
Neuer was full of praise for England’s solidarity in tackling racism and insisted that Germany’s players are aware they need to make a difference as ‘role models’ to a nation.
Germany’s players have typically stood before their matches but they could take a knee
England have consistently taken a knee before games and face Germany at Wembley next
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer revealed the gesture has been talked about by players
The issue of taking a knee has divided squads at Euro 2020 but, prior to their opening game against Croatia, England outlined just why the gesture would continue in their games.
France abandoned their plans to ‘take the knee’ before their crunch match against Germany – because of fears that the gesture was ‘dividing more than uniting’.
Les Bleus, a team full of Premier League stars, had planned to go down on one knee before Tuesday’s game against Germany in Munich, which they won 1-0.
The gesture has been routinely booed but England confirmed prior to the tournament that it was a peaceful protest against discrimination and is not linked to political ideology.
Scotland took a knee alongside England as a symbol of unity ahead of the game at Wembley
The England statement urged fans to support the squad, writing: ‘We encourage those that oppose this action to reflect on the message you are sending to the players you are supporting.
‘Please respect their wishes and remember that we should all be united in the fight to tackle discrimination. Together.
‘They will do their best for you. Please do your best for them.’
Neuer is not afraid to raise awareness of key issues having worn a rainbow armband during the month of June.
The Germany captain has worn the rainbow armband, which shows solidarity with the LGBT+ community, in the month of June to honour Pride.
He first wore it in a friendly match against Latvia on June 7, and Neuer continued to do so in the Euro 2020 group stage against both France and Portugal.
France abandoned plans to take a knee prior to facing Germany in Munich at Euro 2020 because they had started to feel that the gesture was ‘dividing more than uniting’
UEFA was understood to be looking into whether the rainbow armband had breached its rules when it comes to on-field political statements but the investigation had stopped on Sunday without sanctions.
During Germany’s match with Hungary, the Mayor of Munich requested to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours – a request which was rejected by UEFA on grounds of politicising the game.
Thousands of Germany supporters subsequently attended wearing rainbow flags while Leon Goretzka, who scored the crucial equalising goal, celebrated with a heart gesture to signify love.
For Neuer these sort of statements are of vital importance.
‘In the past, it was often the case that we did not position ourselves politically that way and instead followed the guidelines as it always has been,’ Neuer added.
‘We want to give the national team a face and show people that there are important things outside of football that we point out and that we stand behind. We are role models for many children and young people, and I think that we are currently giving a positive image.’
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