After winning 6-2 against Iran on Monday, Gareth Southgate, the coach of the Three Lions, could have expected to be asked about the good dynamics of his team. But this Thursday, at a press conference, on the eve of England-United States, played as part of the second day of Group B of the World Cup, he was again asked about the rainbow armband. -sky that its captain Harry Kane had promised to wear against Iran, before giving up for fear of being sanctioned sportingly.
“ We are in support of our LGBT supporters. Some of them may have been disappointed that we didn’t wear this armband. We’ve been criticized for that and sometimes you just have to take the criticism and move on.” Southgate said.
Southgate warns of ‘escalation’ risks
The latter also warned that his training could be involved in a form “climbing ” with other selections eager to denounce the problems of human rights in Qatar: “ If we tried to produce a better video than the Aussies did on the subject, we wouldn’t get there. Likewise if we tried to do a more significant gesture than the one the Germans recently made… I think we have to feel comfortable. We know the values we defend. This does not mean that we will not take initiatives of this type in the rest of the tournament, when the time is right. But if we feel compelled to do something, that’s where we could make a mistake. »
In addition, on the sporting level, Southgate suggested that Harry Kane, who had a scan on Wednesday for a painful ankle, should start against the Americans: “Harry is fine, he’s taken part in training. It would be very adventurous not to put him in the starting lineup. »
England have never beaten the USA in the World Cup
Finally, the boss of the Three Lions recalled that historically, his team has never beaten the United States in the World Cup, conceding against this opponent a defeat in 1950 (0-1) and a draw in 2010 (1 -1): “ Have we ever beaten the USA in a big tournament? No, I do not think so. No we have to try in history tomorrow (Friday). We are very strong, as a nation, to say a lot of good ourselves, sometimes on very tenuous historical bases. »