West Ham midfielder Declan Rice revealed that the racist abuse after the Euro 2020 final was terrible. England lost out to Italy via the penalty shootout where they lost 3-2. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed their penalties and faced racist abuse on social media. He praised the trio for the way their dealt with the abuse as well as a loss in the final.
“For that to come out after what we’d been through as a country, as a nation, as players – everyone was just disappointed more than anything, you know, that some people could say that type of stuff,” West Ham midfielder Declan Rice said. ” It was absolutely terrible, because after the game, [the] three were distraught because they’d missed the penalties and they’re three top lads.
“I think it’s really important,” he added. “You know, some players have come out now and there are a few players from different clubs that are now standing for reasons they want to stand for instead of taking the knee. I think we as England players, had that conversation again in the summer. We said as a group that we’re going to do it – it still sends out a strong message that we’re against all of that. Some people have an opinion that the message is kind of coming away from all of that now. But I still feel like, until this type of stuff stops, I feel like it’s a really important thing to do.”