England’s footballers will not be able to win the World Cup in 2022 due to the issue of Qatar and human rights.

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England’s footballers will not be able to win the World Cup in 2022 if the issue of Qatar and human rights is not resolved.

Speak up now, or you’ll be accused of playing politics with your words.

If you speak up too often, you’ll be told to boycott the tournament of your life.

Never miss an opportunity to make a difference by failing to speak up.

Gareth Southgate and his players have followed a party line on moral questions surrounding World Cup participation in Qatar for the better part of the last year: they would wait until they had qualified before expressing their opinion for fear of appearing arrogant.

It was a slightly flawed argument – if skipping a couple of hours of discussion before facing Andorra, Albania, or San Marino throws you off your game, something is seriously wrong – but you could see their point.

Southgate had his latest placeholder now that England has qualified.

He stated – not without reason – that he and his players must educate themselves on the issues before deciding their next course of action.

“This is my last press conference until next March,” an uncharitable translation would be.

It may be a little unfair, but it gives the impression that England’s manager would prefer not to have to think too hard about geopolitics with his team.

To which we must respond, “Yeah, that’s totally reasonable.”

This is a group of people, mostly young men, who have spent the vast majority of their lives devoted solely to becoming football players.

Wealth, fame, and unrelenting scrutiny are the rewards for their unlikely achievement.

They were not prepared to grapple with larger issues at any point during their journey, but that isn’t the point.

The spokesperson is created by their own fame.

A boycott of Qatar by England is not an option.

Norway has come the closest, but they a) ultimately voted against it, and b) haven’t qualified anyway.

Expecting a group of footballers to miss the country’s most important tournament, above and beyond any other politician or cultural figure, is unrealistic.

Yes, if this demonstrates that sportswashing works and the wealthiest states eventually get their way.

It’s difficult to come to any other conclusions.

Over the last 30 years, our expectations of football players have shifted.

At Wembley Stadium, England played Saudi Arabia in a friendly match.

UK news summary from Infosurhoy.

England’s footballers will not be able to win the World Cup in 2022 if the issue of Qatar and human rights is not resolved.

World Cup 2022: England’s footballers cannot win on the issue of Qatar and human rights

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