Gareth Southgate: ‘Not much more’ England players can discuss key issues


England play Italy on Friday and Germany on Monday in their final two Nations League games

Gareth Southgate says England players cannot do more than discuss human rights issues in preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

But The FA has been criticized for delaying the declaration on human rights.

“There’s not much the players in particular can do other than talk about these issues and bring them to the table,” England boss Southgate said.

“Finally, we are asking for change in a country we respect, [which] He has made progress, though [we] they have no control,” he added.

The FA has joined nine other European nations to support the OneLove initiative at the World Cup final in Qatar – where same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalized – and each’s patrons will wear an armband to promote diversity and inclusion. .

The FA, which has been in talks with human rights organisations, unions and non-governmental organizations for more than a year, has backed the demand for compensation for “any injury or death in connection with any construction project”.

England captain Kane said he discussed the OneLove campaign with Tottenham team-mates Christian Eriksen, of Denmark, and Hugo Lloris, of France.

“It was about coming together,” Kane said. “There’s a lot players can do and getting their arm on the world’s biggest stage will make an impact.

“But we can only do what we can. We’ve certainly made a step forward in helping some of Qatar’s problems.”

Qatar’s chief organizer Hassan al-Thawadi said Thursday the country is not listening to “skeptics” as it prepares to host the tournament in November and December.

“Qatar has long passed the stage of responding to skeptics about its ability to host the World Cup,” organizing committee secretary-general Al-Thawadi told Qatar News Agency.

“From day one, we were confident that their actions on the ground would prove to everyone that Qatar’s ability to host a major tournament like the World Cup.”

England meet European champions Italy in Milan on Friday (7.45pm BST) in their penultimate Nations League game, with Germany at Wembley on Monday.

Only two wins from those games – England’s last until their World Cup match against Iran on November 21 – will ensure Southgate’s side avoid their first relegation in the competition since the start of 2018.