ENGLAND’s Three Lions fly to the World Cup on a Gay Pride jet tomorrow — to show a red card to host nation Qatar’s intolerance.
It features a motif of Oscar — the airline’s LGBTQ+ Union Jack-trailing flying icon — beneath the cabin.
Southgate has vowed to make a stand.
He said: “We’re very strong on inclusivity. We understand the challenges that this tournament brings . . . the human rights challenges.”
It was “highly unlikely”, he said, that he would follow Fifa’s guidance to focus solely on football during the Cup.
He said: “We’ve always spoken about issues we think should be talked about, particularly ones we feel we can affect.”
Kane has already shown support for the LGBTQ+ community by wearing a rainbow armband while playing for his club, Spurs.
It was chartered for the sole use of the team, backroom staff and FA officials and has 44 upper class, 56 premium and 235 economy seats.
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The plush jet has a social space called The Loft where players can “meet and mingle”.
Virgin Atlantic confirmed the England party would be usign the plane — call sign G-VPRD.
A Three Lions insider said: “It’s no coincidence this particular plane was chosen It perfectly illustrates the concerns of the England party and those of every civilised nation taking part in the tournament.
Fifa, which awarded the World Cup to Qatar, despite its human rights record, may try to ban future “political” gestures by teams.
More are expected, however, and the USA rainbow colours into their team badge at their Qatar training base.
Tomorrow, meanwhile, the England team will arrive at Doha’s luxury Souq Al Wakra hotel.