England star Jadon Sancho says “hate will never win” as he hit back at online abuse that he and other black players suffered following the penalty shootout defeat against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Writing on social media, the player said: “To all the young people who have received similar abuse, hold your heads up high and keep chasing the dream.
“I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people.”
He added:” Much as we wanted to win the tournament, we will build and learn from this experience going forward. I want to say a massive thank you for all the positive messages and love and support that far outweighed the negative.
“It’s been an honour as always representing England and wearing the Three Lions shirt, and I have no doubt we’ll be back even stronger.”