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Harry Kane urges England players to hold a minute’s silence for the Queen before training

The England players observed a minute’s silence ahead of their first training session together since the Queen’s death.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8 and England manager Gareth Southgate delayed the team’s arrival at their training base in St George’s Park to allow the players to attend Monday’s funeral with their families.

A day after the funeral, Harry Kane led his England team-mates in a minute’s silence to commemorate the late monarch.

The squad has reunited for the last time before the World Cup begins in two months.

Over the next week, England will look to avoid relegation from the Nations League when they meet European giants Italy at the San Siro on Friday, before hosting Germany at Wembley next Monday.

Southgate, along with the Football Association, confirmed that tributes will be held at the National Stadium ahead of the England v Germany clash.

A period of silence is held before kick-off, while players also wear black armbands throughout the competition.

Friday’s game against Italy will be the first time England have chanted “God Save the King” in honor of King Charles III. to honor.

Other sports venues have also shown tributes, pictures and montages of the Queen on big screens to pay her respects since her death aged 96.

All games played over the weekend following her death were postponed before football resumed last weekend.

However, Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea and Manchester United’s clash with Leeds have both been canceled due to the funeral.

Following the Queen’s death, England boss Southgate said in a statement: “My thoughts today are with His Majesty King Charles III, the FA President HRH, the Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family.

“In remembering and celebrating the life of Her Majesty The Queen, we also recognize her remarkable leadership and lifetime of dignified service.

“She showed the world what it means to be British. Her values, her dignity, her resilience were exemplary for all of us and she gave us stability and confidence in the best and also the most difficult times.

“I was proud to have her as a patron and to sing God Save The Queen before every game.

“The team will have a chance to do us honor in our game against Germany later this month. An occasion that is of course reminiscent of the 1966 World Cup final and the moment when Her Majesty Bobby Moore presented the Jules Rimet Trophy.

“As Wembley and the country fall silent, I will remember that and their 70 years of impeccable duty.”

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