After England’s defeat to Italy on penalties last night, many troll accounts have taken to social media to abuse Saka, Sancho and Rashford, who missed in the shootout.
Perhaps the worst part about writing this article, is that I knew before the game I would have to do so if we lost. On the contrast if we would have won the shootout, I would be writing about how proud we are of those players who have done so much for our country, Sir Marcus Rashford’s heroics in particular have no end. It is truly devastating that in this country, seemingly the only line separating idolisation and racist abuse is success. When we win, they chant Raheem’s name for miles, when we lose he Is abused.
Anyone who abuses these three lads is not an English fan, abuse does not make you passionate, it makes you bitter, spiteful and weak.
It was put perfectly by Sky Sports in their player ratings, in which Bukayo Saka was given a 10. They stated: “The only rating worth giving is acknowledgement that, in the most pressurised sporting moment imaginable, a 19-year-old lad who had barely played for his country before this year and who has never taken a penalty for his club, stepped forward to take a potentially decisive kick when so many of his experienced team-mates stood back.
The English class of 21’ has made this country proud in this tournament, not only have they presented exceptional ability for such a young squad and provided a platform for these individuals to succeed in the upcoming World Cup, but also they have also fed the hungry, donated millions of pounds to charities, supported mental health organisations, taken the knee, and so much more.
This is a national team that represented our country, ethically, they were perfect.
The sad fact of the matter is that the bravest man on that team was a 19-Year-Old, and all credit goes to him for stepping up when others would not. Respect and Protect Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, these men are the future of England’s national team, and we will support them always, because they make us proud.
Racism has no place in this sport – Win, lose or draw, no one should have to suffer mentally the way in which those three boys will for the rest of this week. Uplift and support them, always.