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Ledley King column: Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka are so brave, they knew missing would mean abuse

It’s so depressing to write, but I knew the racist abuse directed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka was coming.

 

It didn’t go unnoticed to me in the aftermath of England’s defeat on penalties by Italy that it was three black players who missed, and I immediately suspected what they would face online.

They likely knew what they would be subjected to if they missed, too, which makes them even braver for stepping up and can only have added to the enormous pressure.

Racist abuse of players online no longer surprises me or anyone involved in the game, which is a sorry reflection of where we are.

But it still has the power to sadden and sicken me, and it was genuinely tough to read the abuse, knowing what these players have done for their country.

Everyone in the England squad put their best foot forward for their country this summer and came so close to bringing the European Championship home.

I honestly can’t say how much respect I have for the three black players who missed.

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