In the face of jingoism from the media, Gareth Southgate’s England squad has promoted the values of internationalism and solidarity, writes Mike Stein. Plus letters from Dave Hunter, Alexander Bunch, James Alexander, Lesley Matthews and Max Bell
David Conn is right in highlighting how the strong leadership of Gareth Southgate in opposing racism and wider injustices has nutmegged Boris Johnson and the Conservative’s blatant opportunism (England and Southgate stop divisive politicians hijacking Euro 2020 success, 8 July). But it is also important to recognise the crescendo of jingoism being engendered by so much of the written and broadcast media, aimed at both the general and sporting public, which is not only feeding post-Brexit nationalism but also reducing objective commentary and analysis.
In this context, Southgate’s support for his players in continuing to “take the knee”, demonstrating internationalism and global solidarity, is highly significant.
Pudsey, West Yorkshire