Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are ‘three kings’ who did England proud, says Micah Richards

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Micah Richards said “three kings” Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka “did us proud” after they were targeted with racist abuse for missing penalties last night.

All three missed spot-kicks in the 3-2 shootout defeat to Italy and the FA condemned the abuse aimed at them.

Richards posted a picture on Instagram of Rashford, Sancho and Saka wearing superimposed crowns with the caption: “Three kings! Did us proud. F*** the haters.”

Rio Ferdinand also offered his support to the trio, saying: “All the boys who put themselves forward to take a pen we are proud of you — takes a form of bravery to step up in such pressurised situations. Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, we salute you boys.”

The FA said it was “appalled” by the abuse and the Metropolitan Police is investigating.

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Saka’s club, Arsenal, this morning called for more to be done to stop “disgusting abuse” and told their young star to “hold your head high”.

In a statement, they said: “Once again, we are sad to have to say we condemn the racism [aimed at] a number of black players. This cannot continue and the social media platforms and authorities must act to ensure this disgusting abuse to which our players are subjected on a daily basis stops now.

“We have processes in place internally to ensure our players are supported on this issue, but sadly there is only so much we can do. Our message to Bukayo is: hold your head high, we are so very proud of you and we cannot wait to welcome you back soon.”

The FA said: “We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.

“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp out discrimination, but we implore [the] Government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real-life consequences.”

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