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England defender Tyrone Mings has commented on Priti Patel's "refusal to defend" the players taking a knee.

The home secretary has said recently that fans have a right to boo the players and that she can't support "gesture politics".

This comes after a number of England supporters booed the players before their friendlies against Austria and Romania and their Euros opener 1-0 win against Croatia.

The players have addressed the booing and explained they are taking a knee to fight for equality and to eradicate racism from football and society.

Mings said: "The home secretary is one of many people that oppose us taking the knee or refuse to defend it.

Tyrone Mings has responded to Priti Patel's comments
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"We have our own set of beliefs and what we can do to help … We have spoken about trying to inform the minority."

Patel made her comments on the new broadcaster GB News where she also criticised the pulling down of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol.

She said: “I just don't subscribe to this view that we should be rewriting our history – pulling down statues, the famous Colston statue, and what's happened there.

“Toppling statues is not the answer: it's about learning from our past, learning from our history and actually working together to drive the right outcome.”

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And while his home secretary didn't criticise those fans who are booing, prime minister Boris Johnson has said supporters should get behind the players.

He said on Channel 5 ahead of England 1-0 win over Croatia: “I support England’s players.

“When it comes to gestures and symbols I’m more on the side of practical action to combat racism and make life better for everybody in this country.

“I disapprove of people booing the England team… I see no reason to do that.”

The players and manager Gareth Southgate have said they will continue to take a knee throughout the Euros which are well underway.

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England are now preparing for their second group match against Scotland on Friday in which Mings is set to star.

The Aston Villa player featured in England's opening win but one star who was left on the bench was his club teammate Jack Grealish.

Grealish trained away from the main group on Tuesday but was part of the session on Monday and was conspicuous by his absence on Tuesday, when the Football Association said he was “working away from the group”.

The 25-year-old took part in an individualised programme indoors.

There were 24 members of Southgate’s squad training at St George’s Park on Tuesday, when Harry Maguire was again involved as he continues to build fitness after ankle ligament damage.

And Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale will soon be joining up with the group as replacement for injured Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

The FA said Henderson withdrew “with a hip issue that would continue to limit his involvement in training throughout the tournament” and returns to United for “further assessment and rehabilitation ahead of the 2021/22 season”.