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Jordan Henderson fears England fans will prove country still has racism problem in Euro 2020 opener vs Croatia


JORDAN HENDERSON fears England fans will prove on Sunday that the country still has a racism issue.

Three Lions stars were booed by supporters for taking the knee ahead of friendly wins against Austria and Romania in Middlesbrough.


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Hendo predicts more jeers before the Euros opener against Croatia at Wembley.

He said: “If there’s still people booing because we’re standing together against racism, then there really still is a problem and we’ve still got to fight it and stand together on that.

“It shows even more that we have to keep going, keep fighting it.

“From our side, it’s about being together and doing what we think is right — and that’s what we feel is right.

“We’ve made it very clear that we all stand together against racism.

“That’s the reason that we continue to take the knee and have done over the last few weeks.”

Last night Hungary fans booed Republic of Ireland players taking the knee before their 0-0 draw.

Ireland boss Stephen Kenny said: “It doesn’t reflect well on Hungary.”

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Writing for the Players’ Tribune, boss Gareth Southgate said: “There are genuine risks for our players online and I will always want to protect them.

“There are things I will never understand. Why would you tag someone in on a conversation that is abusive?  Why would you insult somebody for something as ridiculous as the colour of their skin?

“Unfortunately for those people that engage in that kind of behaviour, I have some bad news. You’re on the losing side.”

Raheem Sterling said: “If you can’t understand the meaning behind it, then it’s a real disappointment to see that.”

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