Former Ireland and Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane believes that captains such as Harry Kane and Gareth Bale should have insisted on wearing the armband.
Keane told ITV: “I think the players could have done it for the first game – took the punishment, whatever that might be. If it’s Kane you’re risking getting a yellow card, but that would have been a great statement.
“Do it for the first game, get your yellow card and what a message that would have been. Take your medicine and in the next game you move on.
“You don’t wear it because you don’t want to get suspended but, I think it was a big mistake because both players – Wales and England – should have stuck to their guns and done it. No matter the pressure from the outside and the associations, have the belief, if that’s what you believe, then go with it.”