England have joined a host of other nations in pledging to their allegiance to the OneLove campaign against discrimination ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The Three Lions will join the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland and Wales in supporting an initiative designed to promote inclusion before and during this year’s tournament.
Starting with their UEFA Nations League trip to Italy on September 23, captain Harry Kane will wear a distinctive heart-adorned armband to show the team’s stand against discriminatory practice.
Kane will be among the skippers who will also have the OneLove armband on in Qatar, where same-sex relationships and promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalised.
“I am honoured to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign,” Kane said.
“As captains we may all be competing against each other on the pitch, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination.
We are uniting with nine other European countries in support of OneLove, a campaign that will use the power of football to promote inclusion and send a message against discrimination.
— England (@England) September 21, 2022
“This is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society. Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message when the world is watching.”
Sweden and Norway, who have not qualified for the World Cup, will back the campaign during this month’s Nations League matches.