sport news Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane speaks out on racism

England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane has addressed racism in football and society, insisting that players should continue to take the knee before matches. 

Premier League games this season have seen players and officials take the knee after the decision was met with unified acceptance during Project Restart following George Floyd's death in the United States in May.

The response to the act in the lower divisions of English football has become more divided and QPR director of football Les Ferdinand said the impact of it 'has now been diluted'.

England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane has addressed racism in football and society

England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane has addressed racism in football and society

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He insisted that players should continue to take the knee before matches to improve education

He insisted that players should continue to take the knee before matches to improve education

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand said the message of taking the knee has been lost

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand said the message of taking the knee has been lost

But the Three Lions captain believes players should continue to take the knee prior to kick-off as the spotlight the Premier League is under can result in greater education. 

'I think we are a huge platform to share our voices across the world, to be honest,' Kane said in an interview with Nihal Arthanayake on BBC Radio 5 Live.

'Obviously we have done a lot with Black Lives Matter and taking the knee before games. I hear people talking about taking the knee and whether we should still be doing it, and for me I think we should.

'What people don't realise sometimes is we are watched by millions of people around the world, and of course for the person who watches the Premier League every week, they see the same thing every week.

'But I think if you look round the world, you see children watching the game for first time, seeing us all take a knee and asking their parents asking why we take the knee… I think it's a great chance for people to explain why and get their point across.' 

In particular, the 27-year-old knows he has a duty to enlighten his children - Ivy and Vivienne - on the issue.

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Kane hailed the work of Marcus Rashford (L) and Raheem Sterling (R) in tackling social issues

Kane hailed the work of Marcus Rashford (L) and Raheem Sterling (R) in tackling social issues

'Any parent will tell you they want the best life for their children,' he said. 'They want to bring them up in a world that is united and together. 

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