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FilGoal | News | Southgate: It was good to know FIFA’s final decision on the badge…and we focused on football

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed details of the statement issued by the national team regarding the wearing of the gay badge during the match against Iran.

The England national team published a statement, hours before the start of its first match in the World Cup, to abandon wearing the homosexual badge, in compliance with the rules of FIFA and the host country, Qatar.

Southgate appeared after the six-game win against Iran and told BBC Radio: “It was good to know their final decision, because we met yesterday but it was not decided what would happen, in the end we knew there would be a penalty. We will have to talk to see how that will be.”

He added, “Our role throughout this week was to focus on football, and the players did it well. The first half was a bit difficult with Iran’s goalkeeper injured, but our offensive threat was there.”

“Toward the end of the match it seemed like the game was being taken out of our hands, so I told the players that we have to balance it. There was a lot of injury time and we started to fall behind. We have to continue like this against the United States to reach the next round.”

And he concluded, “I know that we will have more calm in the next two days, I like the way the team did its job. It was good to involve some players, I always want everyone to participate, but when I choose a team I know that there will be 11 happy people and 15 unhappy.”

England scored the first 3 points in the World Cup campaign, awaiting the outcome of the USA match against Wales this evening in the same group to determine the final form of the arrangement after the first round.

England goals scored: Bukayo Saka (twice), Judd Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish. While Mehdi Taremi scored Iran’s double.

And England achieved the second largest victory in its World Cup history, equally, after its sweep of Panama, 6-1, in the previous edition.

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