Gareth Southgate warns England players to show humility after provocative Declan Rice and Jack Grealish celebrations

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Gareth Southgate has warned his England players to show humility after Declan Rice and Jack Grealish defied Hungary fans with their celebrations during Thursday's World Cup qualifying win. 

The now iconic picture of Rice pretending to drink from a plastic pint glass which had been thrown towards Raheem Sterling following his opening goal in Budapest has been widely shared following the 4-0 win, during which England's players were the target of racist abuse from the stands.

Manchester City's £100million man Grealish followed suit and also mimed drinking from one of the cups thrown down at the Three Lions. 

Many took it as a sign of defiance towards those fans who had targeted England's players, but Southgate has urged his side to show humility. 

“Declan is usually in most memes that get posted on social media in one way or another," said the England manager, before striking a more serious tone. 

“I think we needed to be a little bit careful in how our interaction with the crowd was the other day.

“We all recognise that certain things that happened weren’t acceptable but also we ran a little bit of a risk of inflaming some of those situations. 

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"So I think the players managed that quite well but I think the boys have to have at the back of their minds that humility – ‘Yes, we were playing well and we got a good result but let’s keep our professionalism and keep our focus'.

“We are going to have to play these teams again and we don’t want to give them any additional motivation by any of our actions.”

England will host Hungary in the return fixture at Wembley Stadium on October 12.

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