Judd Bellingham was concerned about treating Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka as ‘only black’ rather than English after they missed the penalty shootout in the final of Euro 2020’s defeat to Italy.
An unforgettable summer came to a painful end last July when the Three Lions’ bid to win the European Championship at Wembley was decided on a penalty shootout.
Rashford, Sancho and Saka missed critical punishments and were immediately subjected to disgusting online racist abuse, leading to prison sentences for some individuals.
Bellingham, 18, was an underused substitute in the final and felt some people’s true beliefs came to the fore after the England trio’s mistakes.
“The most important thing I took away from the whole experiment was the inconsistency,” he told CNN. “I think when you look at the run to the finals, it felt like the country came together and it felt like we were on the same track.
“We had players, black players on the team, players from different backgrounds from all different countries on the team. Once they miss the penalty, they are not English, they are just black.
“Anyone can miss a penalty. Anyone can miss their job. But it’s impossible to be criticized. It wasn’t meant to happen. You’re human. Check out what Marcus did by feeding the kids. He publishes books. He supports people that way.” .
“I think Jadon has pitches in London, and he shot some boots that a lot of people in his area were very proud of. Bukayo style. All the great and great characters. Then you see them down there. It sucks, but to be honest, your buddy is hard to handle. On the team. It’s really…great, because it could have been me.
“What if I miss a pen? And suddenly you’re an Englishman for seven games, missing a pen and nothing.”
Bellingham receives a racist message in his Instagram inbox after most matches, saying the number depends on what he did during the match.
“I am a football player,” he added. “I’m coming in, I’m playing football, I’m going home. I don’t think there’s a single job in the world that deserves criticism with racism. But you know, that’s the world we live in. That’s why we need to do more. That’s why who should They are in the power to do more.”