Harry Kane has condemned the “vile racist abuse” that Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho received after the Euro 2020 final.
England, which drew 1-1 with Italy before Sunday’s shootout, lost to Italy 3-2 in a shootout following a 3-2 loss on penalties.
It was Saka’s spot-kick that was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma that decided the match, while Rashford and Sancho were introduced in the closing minutes of extra time to boost England’s chances.
As a result, the trio have been abused on social media, prompting an angry response from Gareth Southgate and the Football Association.
In a statement, Jude Bellingham said the abuse was “hurtful, but not surprising,” and England captain Kane has now responded.
“Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take the pen when the stakes were high,” he wrote on Twitter.
They deserve support and backing, not the vile racist abuse they’ve been receiving since last night.
Those who abuse others online aren’t fans of @England and we don’t want them.
Immediately following Kane’s tweet, England teammate Tyrone Mings responded to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s earlier comments on the situation.
It disgusts me that England players who have given so much for their country this summer have been subjected to racist abuse on social media,” said Patel on Monday. It has no place in our country, and I support the police in holding the responsible parties accountable.”
In an interview with GB News, the Home Secretary refused to condemn supporters who booed the England team for kneeling prior to kick-off, suggesting players were engaging in gesture politics.
“You can’t stoke the fire by calling our anti-racism message ‘Gesture Politics’ at the beginning of the tournament and pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we are campaigning against occurs,” Mings tweeted in response.