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Boris Johnson should “publicly support” England footballer Marcus Rashford and his team mates in “taking the knee”, former PM Gordon Brown has said.

He told the BBC that players were “bringing the whole country together” by adopting the pre-match gesture, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Mr Rashford said taking the knee – set to continue through England’s Euro 2020 campaign – was the “right thing to do”.

But it has provoked booing from some sections of the crowd recently.

Downing Street has urged fans to be” respectful” of the players’ decision, but it has not condemned

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