Jude Bellingham spoke out against racist abuse directed at England team-mates Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho, calling on social media platforms to do more.
As the Three Lions lost on penalties to Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final, Bellingham was one of the substitutes.
Saka, Rashford and Sancho each came off the bench in the 1-1 draw and missed spot-kicks in the 3-2 shoot-out loss. Saka’s failed effort was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Afterwards, the trio came under racist abuse, which the Football Association condemned and Gareth Southgate described as “unforgivable”.
Bellingham, an 18-year-old midfielder for Borussia Dortmund, posted an image of Saka, Rashford and Sancho wearing crowns on social media with his anger.
He said, “We win together and we lose together.”. Having a team-mate with such character makes me proud. It takes huge guts just to volunteer [to take a penalty].
The racism is hurtful, but not surprising. We will never tire of saying that more needs to be done. Educate and control the platforms!
Bellingham became England’s youngest player at a major tournament when he played from the bench against Croatia on his 18th birthday.
Three substitute appearances followed, totaling 55 minutes across wins over Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine.
Bellingham posted: “A devastating end to a journey we can be proud of.” after losing the Wembley showpiece.
Thank you for your incredible support over the past few weeks. I am very grateful to have shared a pitch and changing room with such a great group of players and people.
“It wasn’t meant to be but our time will come… Never give up!”