The football world is rallying around England’s trio of players who missed penalties in the Euro 2020 shootout against Italy.

Two Manchester United players were among the unfortunate three, Marcus Rashford and incoming signing Jadon Sancho. Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka missed the final penalty.

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Sickeningly all three have come in for racial abuse on social media, BBC Sport report.

Former Manchester United and England star Nicky Butt led the backing and support for the Three Lions trio.


Butt praised the ‘gifted’ stars and their bottle to take the penalties in the first place.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand also paid tribute to Rashford, Sancho, and Saka.

Rashford and Sancho will no doubt be in for a challenge and some jeers next season at away grounds. Fortunately they have the best set of supporters to rally around them. Manchester United fans have experience of this, with David Beckham being made a scapegoat on ’98 and Cristiano Ronaldo in ’06.

It is encouraging amid some of the social media vitriol towards the players, that there are so many standing up for them too. Butt and Ferdinand’s messages set an example.

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