England captain Harry Kane has stated that he wants to “shed a light” on difficulties surrounding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal, and there are harsh anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in place.
There are also concerns regarding a country’s human rights record after it was awarded the 2010 World Cup.
“We know there have been certain situations that aren’t right,” Kane explained, “so it’ll be a mixed emotion [during the World Cup].”
Gareth Southgate, England’s manager, has stated that it is a “big tragedy” that some England fans would not be able to attend the World Cup due to “possibly dangerous circumstances.”
“Women’s rights, in particular, and the rights of the LGBTQ+ community,” he said.
Kane explained to BBC Sport sports editor Dan Roan: “All we can do, and all I can do as a captain, is attempt to bring those concerns to light.
“With the World Cup in Qatar, that light is absolutely shining, and it’s critical that we attempt to make as much change as possible, not just for today, but also for the future.”
This week, Southgate and his team met to discuss the difficulties in Qatar, and Kane said the players will continue to talk “to try to help in any way we can to support those issues.”
According to a research published in the Guardian last year, 6,500 migrant workers in Qatar have perished since the World Cup was awarded 12 years ago.
Qatar has declined to comment on the figures, which it rejects, but has stated, “We profoundly regret all of these tragedies and have reviewed each occurrence to ensure lessons have been learnt.”
Amnesty International published a report in November accusing the country of failing to execute its own rules intended to enhance migrant worker conditions.
The Qatari government has stated that it “rejects” Amnesty International’s claim.
Players from Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany have protested suspected human rights violations in Qatar.
Harry Kane stated that using the squad’s platform was “critical,” and that he and other senior England players intend to speak with other national team captains “to see if we can be united in our approach.”
“In terms of what we can do, over the next few weeks and months, it’s vital to have ideas – whether it’s just us as a nation or with other countries as well – to all come together as one, which will send a really powerful message,” added the Tottenham striker.
“It could be anything right now, and it’s something we’ll have to talk about and decide on in the future.
“As a player and a country, we can only attempt to move in the right direction.”