The knee grip has spread in the sports world as a statement against racism, but has proven to be controversial.
The practice of taking the knee before football matches has become widespread in 2020, following from the murder of George Floyd in the United States.
A number of other teams have also knee-deep before all or part of their matches, including Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Portugal and Switzerland. Image caption, England players kneel ahead of their game against the Czech Republic on June 22 figcaption>
Ahead of the competition, Interior Minister Priti Patel said she did not support "people participating in this type of political gesture ". When asked if she would criticize the fans who booed English players by kneeling, she replied: "It 's a choice for them, quite frankly ".
After missing the penalties in the final, which England lost, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were victims of racist abuse.
Ms Patel tweeted that she was disgusted that they hadbeen victims of "vile racist abuse.
But English football player Tyrone Mings accuses Home Minister of hypocrisy on Twitter. La Hfrance.fr is not responsible for the content of external sites. See original tweet on Twitter
Why do some people object to kneeling?
Several conservative politicians have declared that they oppose the kneeling because they see it as a political declaration.
Then Minister of Education Gillian Keegan said taking the knee "creates a .
Rather than demonstration As regards the opposition to racism and thesupport for the Black Lives Matter movement, it has been argued that kneeling actually shows support for a campaign organization also called Black Lives Matter .
But Gareth Southgate said the team 's actions England did not support the Black Lives Matter organization. He said: " We have a situation where some people seem to think this is a political position that they disagree with. This is not the reason why players do it. We support each other. "
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said people should be 'free to show ... how much they condemn racism in any way they choose '. But he was criticized by Labor for stopping before he was sentenceder the fans who booed the England team.
Where does the knee grip in sport come from?
American footballer Colin Kaepernick knelt down during the national anthem ahead of a game in 2016. He said he couldn't bear to show his pride in the flag of an oppressive country black people.
Image source, Legend of the 'image, Colin Kaepernick (center) started kneeling in 2016
The anti-racist statement has since become an important symbol in sport and during protests .
This has also been a hallmark of the Black Lives Matter protests, including those following the murder of George Floyd.
What happened to the knee at the Tokyo Olympics?
The IOC - which organizes the Games - initially prohibited competitors from kneeling. He said rule 50 of the Olympic Charter prohibits any kind of "political, religious or racial demonstration or propaganda ".
But then he decided from lift the ban , allowing athletes to "express their opinions " before and after competition. This meant they could kneel down before an event.
However, they could not express their views at victory events and ceremoniesre, or at the Olympic Village. No protest shall be "disruptive ", including the display of a flag or banner while "presenting another athlete or team ".
Team GB women's football players took the knee before every match during the Olympics to highlight the racial abuse directed at the England men's team after the Euro 2020 competition.
Chilean and Japanese footballers also took the knee, as did Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado.
What other protests were made?
- At the 1968 Mexico Olympics , Tommie Smith and John Carlos saluted black power from the medal gallery
- Basketball star Mahmoud Abdul Rauf refused to run for the US national anthem in 1996 and described the American flag as a symbol of oppression
- LeBron James and other basketball players wore T-shirts with the words "I can't breathe " written on them in 2014, making echoing the last words of Eric Garner, who died after being detained by police in New York.
Image source, Image caption, Martin Luther King Jr led a group of civil rights activists to kneel in prayer after being arrested while campaigning for voting rights in 1965