Croatia decide against taking knee with England before Euros opener

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Croatia decide against taking knee with England before Euros opener
England's Jack Grealish and Kalvin Phillips take the knee before the international friendly against Romania (PA Wire)
England's Jack Grealish and Kalvin Phillips take the knee before the international friendly against Romania (PA Wire)

Croatia players do not intend to take a knee ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against England on Sunday.

The row over the anti-racism message has threatened to overshadow the start of the tournament after there were jeers before England faced Austria and Romania in their warm-up friendlies at the Riverside Stadium.

Gareth Southgate has made it clear that England players will continue to take a knee throughout Euro 2020, but they could be in a minority this summer and Croatia do not plan to join England in performing the gesture before the two nations meet at Wembley.

England’s other Group D opponents, Scotland and the Czech Republic, are expected to discuss taking the knee before the tournament starts.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke said last week: “It is a conversation I will have with the players before we play our first game.

“Then we will decide what way we’re going to do it throughout the Euros.”

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