Chelsea’s Magdalena Eriksson and Jess Carter say anthems protest could unite players

Jess Carter kneels with the FA Cup following Chelsea’s win over Manchester City

Chelsea’s Magdalena Eriksson and Jess Carter talk about becoming the first English players to kneel during national anthems.

The action is part of national team captain and striker Wayne Rooney’s campaign to raise awareness of racial issues.

Under current Football Association rules, players and coaches may not display political messages.

“It’s a long battle and we’ve just got to keep pushing it,” said Chelsea’s Eriksson.

England women have also been approached to take part but have declined.

“It’s definitely something we have thought about,” Eriksson said of taking part.

“I don’t know the exact laws of our game – some people have suggested it’s not allowed.

“We’ll make our own decision and see how we feel. I think our players can unite and give a voice to people who have a problem.”

Carter, a goalkeeper who captained the U21s at the Women’s World Cup in 2015, added: “I really feel for how else we can get this issue.

“People need to look at it and take more responsibility for it and get this message out there.”

No such protests have taken place before or since the FA opened its disciplinary procedures on Monday over allegations Manchester City’s James Ward-Prowse and Yaya Toure refused to stand for the English anthem before the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Everton’s Tom Davies and Tottenham’s Harry Winks had also spoken out before the Championship play-off final in March, having been approached by presenter Davina McCall.

Ward-Prowse has denied refusing to stand.

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