Jude Bellingham slams England fans over racial abuse of Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho after Euro 2020 final defeat
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Jude Bellingham has earned 12 caps for England and featured during Euro 2020 (Photo: Getty)

Jude Bellingham says much more must be done to tackle as he reflects on the abuse that his England teammates suffered after the Euro 2020 final defeat.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder was part of the Three Lions squad that lost to Italy on penalties at Wembley last July, where , and Bukayo Saka missed what proved to be the decisive spot-kicks.

Immediately after the match, the three was subject to appalling racist abuse online, which led to some culprits receiving custodial sentences and once again brought the issue of discrimination in the game and the wider world to the forefront.

Almost a year on from those events, Bellingham admits that he is still shocked at how quickly admiration for his teammates turned to hate, telling CNN: ‘The biggest take away from the whole experience for me was the contrast.

‘I think you look at the run into the final, it felt like the country had united and it felt like we were heading on the same path. We had players, black players in the team, players of all different backgrounds from all different countries in the team.

‘And then as soon as they missed the penalty, they’re not English, they’re just black.

‘Anyone could miss a penalty. Anyone can make a mistake in their line of work. But it’s impossible to be criticised like that. It should never happen. They are human.’

A mural in support of Saka, Rashford and Sancho was unveiled soon after the trio received appalling racist abuse after the Euro 2020 final (Photo: Getty)

Bellingham is currently part of Gareth Southgate’s squad that is preparing for June’s Nations League games, that kicks off with a trip to Hungary that is supposed to be played behind closed doors as punishment to the home side’s own problems with racist fans at Euro 2020.

The 18-year-old is set to take a bigger role in the England team this time round after an impressive year with Dortmund, and the player has acknowledged that with it more abuse is sadly expected.

He added: ‘Look at what Marcus has done with feeding the children. He’s bringing out books. He’s supporting people in that way.

‘Jadon’s got pitches in London, I think, released some boots that a load of people from his area felt proud of. Bukayo similar. All top, top characters.

‘And then you see them kind of brought down like that. It’s disgusting, but it’s hard to take, to be honest, as a teammate. It’s really like … wow, because that could have been me.

‘What if it was me who missed the pen? All of a sudden, you’re English for seven games, you miss a pen and you’re nothing.

‘I’m a footballer. I turn up, I play football, I go home. I don’t think there’s a single job in the world where you deserve to be criticised with racism.

‘But, you know, that’s the world we live in. And that’s why we’ve got to do more. That’s why the people in power have got to do more.’

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