After qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, England’s players plan to discuss how to express their concerns about human rights in Qatar.
During qualification for the tournament, players from Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway staged on-pitch protests against Qatar, and there have been calls for Gareth Southgate’s side to do the same. England has so far opted to concentrate on getting to the World Cup, but that is set to change following Monday’s match against San Marino.
Southgate’s team need only a point from their final Group I qualifier and Conor Coady, who is part of the squad’s leadership group, said the players will hold talks over opposing Qatar’s human rights record after they have qualified. “A conversation hasn’t been had yet because we’ve always said – obviously we are seeing quite a lot in the news at the minute – that we make sure we do our job first,” Coady said. “We make sure we try to get to that competition as quickly as we can and then I’m sure the conversation will be had with the players.
source : guardian sport