England were once again booed by a small part of the Wembley crowd for kneeling ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia.
Last week, the Three Lions were booed at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough as they knelt before the friendlies against Austria and Romania.
Gareth Southgate insisted the move was not politically charged, saying instead it was to reinforce the message that racism and discrimination will not be tolerated.
Boos could be heard at Wembley on Sunday ahead of the game against Croatia, who decided not to kneel, but the taunts were drowned out by cheers and support.
In an open letter to English fans in The Players’ Tribune, Southgate said he had “a responsibility to the wider community to use my voice, as well as the players.”
He said: “It is their duty to continue to interact with the public on issues such as equality, inclusiveness and racial injustice, while using the power of their voice to help bring the debates on. the table, raise awareness and educate. “
Speaking to talkSPORT on the eve of the tournament, London Mayor Sadiq Khan pleaded with fans to show solidarity and support and not to boo the knee.
“What I remember is that the vast, vast majority of the fans support our team,” he said.
“It’s a small minority, a very small minority, who booed our team in the last two games but they were drowned by the vast majority.
“I think the reality is that there will always be a difference of opinion, this is not a bad thing in a democracy because we are allowed to disagree, there is nothing wrong with that.
“But actually the tournament is starting now, our team chose to get down on their knees. How can you be a real fan and boo your team? Whether you agree or not, they kneel down to show solidarity with those who suffer from racism.
“Let’s applaud our team.