The England players were blocked by some sections of the crowd as they made the gesture ahead of Saturday’s loss to Hungary in Budapest.
Southgate said: “We are two nations with a large number of mixed nationals and I think that is an important sign for everyone so we welcome that. We are united in our convictions.
Defenders James Justin and Fikayo Tomori were both ruled out of the match due to injury but Marc Guehi is on the verge of returning from an ankle injury.
Justin limped off on his debut against Hungary with a calf problem while Tomori has a hamstring problem, but Southgate is confident both players will make quick comebacks.
He added: “James won’t be ready for tomorrow but we hope he can be back, if not for the next game then at least the one after.
“Marc, from what we have assessed so far, should be available for tomorrow. Fikayo may be a little longer but he has progressed really well. We will give him a little more time because it will be beneficial to him. »
England face a team from Germany who have not lost since being beaten by Southgate’s men in the round of 16 at Euro 2020.
And although he also came out of the 2018 World Cup having finished last in Group F, Southgate is under no illusions about Germany’s status on the international stage.
He added: “For me, Germany and Brazil remain the benchmark in terms of countries that have consistently and consistently won tournaments.
“Even though everyone is talking about the 5-1 win (England win) here, they found themselves in the World Cup final as a result of this qualifying campaign.
“So you have to respect who they have been as a country and who they are as a country in terms of football, and that mentality is what we’re trying to create. We have to keep reaching the final stages of the Competitions and games like tomorrow are great for us – exactly the kind of test we need.
Germany’s decision to take a knee is an ‘important sign’, says Gareth Southgate
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