Tyrone Mings revealed that the England team was ecstatic with the response they received for taking a knee before matches. He said that comments from secretary Priti Patel should not overshadow the positive reaction. She earlier described the actions as “gesture politics’ and revealed that the fans had a right to boo the players.

“To the home secretary – I don’t really have a direct message,” England defender Tyrone Mings said ahead of the Scotland game on Tuesday. “We spoke and she invited me onto a Zoom call once, where she seemed so interested and engrossed in players’ kind of point of view and what we could do more to tackle these sort of issues.”

“But at the same time, everybody’s entitled to their own opinion. The home secretary is one of many, many people that oppose us taking the knee, or refuse to defend it.” he added. “We have our own set of beliefs and what we think we can do to help or be players that can be influential and can stand up for what we believe in, and understandably when you have such strong beliefs there will be opposition to that.”

Mings played in the opener against Croatia, filling in for the injured Harry Maguire. Mings was impressive in his tournament debut. He partnered with John Stones in the heart of a back for. Harry Maguire has begun light training after recovering from an ankle injury. There has been a lot of speculation that his strong performance could keep Maguire out of the team even when fit.

“It’s a little bit bizarre given how much credit in the bank Harry has got and what a fantastic defender he is,” Mings said rubbishing the speculation. “But at the same time there is absolutely competition for places and I think he is somebody that I look up to in terms of a center-back and somebody that is so consistent.”

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