Wearing poppy is important – Southgate

Gareth Southgate

World Cup Qualifying Group F: England v Scotland
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England manager Gareth Southgate says he wanted his side to wear poppies on their shirt against Scotland on Friday.

Players from both sides will defy a Fifa ban on wearing poppies on their armbands when they meet in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Armistice Day.

World governing body Fifa has banned symbols with “political, religious or commercial” meanings.

“The poppy commemorates a lot more than that, it is a history of what we are as a team,” said interim boss Southgate.

“It represents the team. It is a very important part of history and tradition of what we are as a nation, to have freedom of speech to make statements as we see fit, owes to those people who gave their lives in two wars.

“It was important that we can wear the armbands and it was great to get that resolved last week and for it not to be a distraction.”

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