Conor Coady says England players will support teammates who want to talk off the pitch because of racist abuse after Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling received monkey chants during the game against Hungary
- England’s players suffered sickening racial abuse during win over Hungary
- Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were targeted in World Cup qualifier
- Conor Coady says England stars will back those who want to walk off the pitch
- Gareth Southate’s men head to Poland for next away qualifier on Wednesday
England players have pledged to support team-mates who choose to walk off the pitch because of racist abuse.
The issue has become a major talking point in Gareth Southgate’s dressing-room following the monkey chants dished out in Hungary last week to Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham.
Defender Conor Coady says the whole team would back whatever action the victims wanted to take.
Conor Coady says England stars will back teammates who walk off the pitch because of abuse
‘It is something we want to stop talking about but unfortunately we have to speak about all the time because it’s something (racism) we want to get rid of,’ said Coady who plays against Andorra at Wembley tonight.
‘People are sick of it. Everyone in football is fed up with it. We won’t stop doing what we’re doing before games (taking the knee).
‘Walking off the pitch has been mentioned, no matter what people want to do I think we will always back them. If you want to make a decision, we will back them to the hilt.
Raheem Sterling received racial abuse against Hungary with fans also throwing cups at him
‘We are sick of talking about it. I’d rather talk about the way players are dealing with the situation.
‘To score another three goals in Hungary is remarkable after receiving that sort of thing. But of course it is something we want to push out of football as quickly as possible.’
Coady, the captain of Wolves, revealed how the England squad rallied behind Sterling and Bellingham after their ordeal on Thursday night.
‘It is such a close-knit group once it happens to one person, it happens to us all,’ he said.
‘It is important we all stick together. The two boys are absolutely fantastic people and we are a team that will get around them as much as we can.’
England next face Poland in Warsaw on Wednesday. The Poles have experienced problems of racism before though authorities say they are confident there won’t be any discrimination towards Gareth Southgate’s side and that they will follow Uefa protocols to clamp down on any racist behaviour.
The England squad rallied behind Sterling and Jude Bellingham who also received racial abuse