Priti Patel has said fans have the right to boo players when they take the knee off.
England played their first game against Croatia yesterday and fortunately won 1-0 to the delight of the fans.
The decision to have players take the knee, however, has proven controversial as some fans have booed the players for it.
Earlier, the prime minister said he supported the players taking the knee, but it appears that Home Secretary Priti Patel says she believes it is “gesture politics”.
“I just don’t support people who participate in this type of gesture – including gesture politics to some extent,” she told GB News.
“It’s okay to support a cause and get your voice to the heart, but actually quite frankly, and we have openly seen some of the protests in particular that have taken place – I am now speaking a great deal of what I am in the I saw the effect on the police – it was devastating.
“Not only that, I just don’t share the view that we should rewrite our history – demolishing statues, the famous Coulson statue and what happened there. Overturning statues is not the answer, it’s about learning from our past, learning from our history and actually working together to get the right result. “
Ms. Patel declined to reply if she was booing the English team herself, stating that she had not been to a football game to think about it.
When asked if England fans had a right to boo the English national team, she said: “To be honest, this is a decision for them. I’ve never gone to a soccer game to think about it. “
Boris previously said he supported players taking the knee. He said, “When it comes to gestures and symbols, I’m more on the side of practical action to fight racism and improve the lives of everyone in this country.”
He added: “I disapprove of people booing the English team … I see no reason to do that.”