England manager Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane believe there is a limit to how much players can protest human rights issues at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Kane will join forces with the skippers of seven other European nations in wearing a “one love” armband featuring a multi-coloured heart.
The English Football Association also announced on Wednesday that Southgate’s players will meet with migrant workers after their arrival in the Gulf state.
“There is not a lot more the players in particular can do other than talk about those issues and put them on the table,” said Southgate at his pre-match press conference ahead of Friday’s Nations League game against Italy.
Kane said he had spoken to Tottenham teammate and France captain Hugo Lloris and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen about making a collective statement on the world stage.
“There is only so much the players can actually do and wearing the armband on the biggest stage in the world will have an impact.
England open their World Cup campaign against Iran on November 21 before facing the United States and Wales in Group B.
England have taken just two points from their opening four games in a group containing Italy, Germany and Hungary.