MIDDLESBROUGH, United Kingdom: England manager Gareth Southgate admitted the mockery of his squad as he knelt before a 1-0 win in a friendly against Romania in Middlesbrough was not a surprise.
The same thing happened to the Three Lions squad against Austria last Wednesday, also at the Riverside Stadium.
Yesterday Southgate appealed to supporters to respect the players ’stance on the issue, but insisted England would continue to show support for the Black Lives Matter campaign throughout Euro 2020.
22,000 fans were allowed to attend all three matches at Wembley with strict rules regarding COVID-19 still in force.
“I’m sad when my expectations are right. We’re not going to stop from doing it or what we believe in or my support for the players and staff.
“We had to go through it. It’s useless for me to keep talking about this,” Southgate said of the taunts of England fans.
In the action, Marcus Rashford’s penalty – the 125th player to captain England – gave Southgate’s experimental squad the win.
Five players who were not in his last squad for the European Championship were sent off in the match against Romania.
There is still a vacancy in England’s 26-man squad to be filled following Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury.
James Ward-Prowse, Ben Godfrey and Ben White were given the opportunity to start the game, while Jesse Lingard and Ollie Watkins were included in the second half.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson played 45 minutes after a 106 -day break due to injury.