Why Harry Kane is wearing a rainbow armband as England face Germany

Harry Kane will seek to “stamp out any inequalities” after it was announced that he would be wearing a rainbow armband for England’s Euro 2020 round of 16 game against Germany at Wembley Stadium.

The opponent of the English skipper, Manuel Neuer, wore the armband in every game of his team in June in honor of Pride Month.

The German goalkeeper wore the rainbow armband for the first time on June 7th against Latvia and then in his country’s three group matches against France, Portugal and Hungary.

Kane will now follow suit as England want to show solidarity with their old rivals.

“Neuer and Germany itself have strongly promoted this,” he said.

“Of course Neuer wore the armband, so I think that from our point of view it is a sign of solidarity with the German national team of all of us in the English national team to try together to eliminate all inequalities that exist.

“We’re on a huge stage, on a big stage, so obviously this is a great opportunity to do this.”

UEFA looked to see if this could be seen as a political statement before concluding that there would be no disciplinary procedure as Neuer “is promoting a good cause”.

The government council then rejected an application by the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, to have the Allianz Arena illuminated in rainbow colors when Germany played against Hungary there on Wednesday.

At the round of 16 game on Tuesday, Kane will put on the armband that supports the LGBTQ + community for the first time.


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