Speaking to Sky Sports, Jude Belli’ngham said: “You look at the run into that Euro 2020 fi’nal and you felt as though the country had united. The’n as soon as they missed a penalty, they were not Engl’ish, just black. Anyone can miss a penalty.
“Anyone can make a mistake in their li’ne of work. But to be criticized like that should never hap’pen. They are human. To be fair, Gareth Southgate was bril’liant. He has always brought it up as a topic in meet’ings.
“We went to Hungary shortly after the Eu’ros and the same thing happened again but we felt more prep’ared. We felt more supported because of what Gareth ha’d put in place. As a black player you feel very gratef’ul for that.
“There’s not a single job in the wor’ld where you deserve to be criticized with racism. I’ll ne’ver forget the first time I properly got a batch of messa’ges. My club were quick to send someone to mess’age me and make sure I was alright.”
Manchester United-linked Belli’ngham was part of the England squad that reached the Eu’ro 2020 final last summer, losing to 3–2 on pena’lties against Italy at Wembley.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Ars’enal’s Bukayo Saka missed their spot-kicks to hand the tro’phy to Italy. After the game, the England trio fac’ed racial abuse on social media.