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Romelu Lukaku feels England’s players need to have acted to “make a statement” against racism by leaving the field in the course of their European Championship qualifier in Montenegro.

Gareth Southgate’s side continued an emphatic begin to the preliminary rounds of Euro 2020 by coming from behind to record a five-1 win in Podgorica.

But the game was marred by England’s black players getting subjected to monkey chants and other racist abuse, with Raheem Sterling cupping his ears to the house supporters in response following scoring his team’s fifth.

Speaking following the match, Southgate pledged to report abuse he heard aimed at left-back Danny Rose and UEFA has charged Montenegro, who face a partial stadium closure following a spectacle the organisation’s president Aleksander Ceferin described as a “disaster”.

England captain Harry Kane has mentioned he would be prepared to stroll off with his group-mates need to a equivalent scenario arise in the future, but Manchester United striker Lukaku mentioned this course of action need to have been taken at the time.

“England need to have walked off I consider, personally. To make a statement,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I have observed it take place in nations and then the group would get sentenced and stuff like that. For some players, it offers us an edge, but other players can overreact, then you make a foul and you are a man down.

“It’s anything that us players have to stand up and speak about, so the persons in best positions do anything. It need to be fixed and sorted for the reason that football is a multicultural game.

“We do a lot of stuff for a lot of persons, so let’s not overlook about the racism challenge. I hope we can repair it. It’s going to take time.”



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