Jude Bellingham has hailed England trio Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka after they missed penalties in a shoot-out loss to Italy on Sunday.

Saka, Rashford and Sancho were all targeted by abusive posts in the wake of their missed penalties as England lost to Italy in the final of Euro 2020.

And Bellingham said his team-mates had “huge b****cks” for even volunteering to take a spot-kick in a crucial match.

The English don’t deserve this football team…

The 18-year-old wrote on Twitter: “We win together and we lose together. So proud to have teammates with such top character. Takes huge b****cks just to volunteer. As for the racism, hurtful but not surprising. Will never get bored of saying that more needs to be done. Educate and control the platforms!”

On the tournament itself, Bellingham added: “A devastating end to a journey we can be very proud of. Very grateful to have been given the experience to share a pitch and changing room with such a great group of players and people. Thank you for your incredible support over the past few weeks.”

And he also  “It wasn’t to be but our time will come… Always believe!”

Former Manchester United defener Rio Ferdinand highlighted that the players who missed in the shoot-out would have been idolised by those who abused them had the result gone the other way.

“Immediately after the game social media platforms became the toxic and racist safe place for the ignorant and cowardly rats to start spouting their disgusting feelings,” he tweeted.

“These same idiots only days ago would have been celebrating the brilliance of a (Raheem) Sterling or a Saka or a (Kyle) Walker for their efforts in an England shirt. You can bet ya last pound also that they would have sung the Raheem Sterling song almost bursting the veins in their bodies doing so.

“But England lose and that joy and sense of being united immediately evaporates and our black players become the target.”


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