'We'll come off pitch together': Harry Kane leads England's charge against racism

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2019

Bulgarian authorities on Thursday urged UEFA to stop "tensions" after England player Tammy Abraham said his team was prepared to defy rules and walk off the pitch if they face abuse during Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Uefa protocol decrees that in the event of racist chanting the referee will ask for an announcement to be broadcast in the stadium, and if it does not stop he or she will take the players off, initially temporarily but permanently if necessary.

Raheem Sterling, who has been a passionate anti-racism campaigner, said at the moment that he had "full faith in Uefa" and its protocols.

Attacking midfielder Maddison has enjoyed a sparkling start to the 2019-20 season with Leicester City and was expected to make his England debut in the upcoming internationals against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

"That has been relayed to Bulgaria in whatever way it has been relayed and the way it has been pitched could appear provocative, or that we are the people laying the subject on the table".

"Inevitably because we suffered a situation in Montenegro we wanted to be clear what might happen if something happened in the future".

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The manager said: "We will experience a huge number of questions and anybody that gets one slight nuance adrift of the general feeling and what was discussed as a group is going to be flagged as a possible disagreement".

'The last worldwide break I didn't get a call-up from anyone.

While the pair will obviously be key to any hopes of success next summer, Southgate feels he has plenty of other options should something go awry between now and then - with Marcus Rashford, Callum Wilson and Tammy Abraham also in the squad and other young talent waiting in the wings.

In an interview with Goal where Soccernet.ng got excerpts from, Tomori revealed it was not 100% sure he was going to play for England despite representing them at youth level.

Mikhaylov said he was "shocked" by the remarks from the England camp and said the accusations were "not only unjust but are continuous attempts to disrupt the atmosphere before a very much anticipated game of football". Do not isolate one person, we are a whole team.

"We are just there to play the game and whatever happens in the stands, we'll just let the authorities deal with that".

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