Raheem Sterling pelted with objects from crowd as he celebrates England goal vs Hungary

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England star Raheem Sterling had several objects thrown at him after his goal (Picture: Getty)

England cruised to a 4-0 victory over Hungary to maintain their 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifying – but racist chanting from the Budapest crowd overshadowed this evening one-sided encounter.

Loud boos and jeers were heard as Gareth Southgate’s players took a knee prior to kick-off and Raheem Sterling was struck with several objects from the stand as he celebrated breaking the deadlock in the 55th minute.

Goals from Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice extended the visitors’ advantage as the Three Lions tightened their grip at the top of Group I with a dominant second-half display at the Puskas Arena.

But England’s impressive win – their first match since the Euro 2020 final – was marred by the sight of both Sterling and Luke Shaw being pelted with missiles in the second half.

Subsequent reports of monkey chanting from the ultras section of the ground further soured an otherwise positive away performance from Southgate’s men.

Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring for England against Hungary

Sterling scored the first of England’s goals in Budapest (Picture: Getty)

With around ten minutes remaining of the clash, ITV pitchside reporter, Gabriel Clarke, indicated that both Sterling and Jude Bellingham had been subjected to racist chanting.

‘There have been missiles thrown and I’m sad to report there has been some monkey chanting from supporters in the ultras section directed, at first, at Raheem Sterling and then at Jude Bellingham when he was warming up,’ he said.

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‘I’m not sure whether the players heard any of that but the Hungarian FA have warned fans not to do this.

‘But it has been audible and it has been visible.’

England captain Kane was not aware of the chanting during the game but hopes Uefa ‘come down strong’ on the culprits.

‘I didn’t hear that. I will talk to the boys and see if they heard any of it,’ the Tottenham striker said in his post-match interview with ITV Sport.

‘We will have to report it to Uefa as the rules permit. If that is the case, hopefully Uefa come down strong.’

Talk of such scenes coming to fruition dominated pre-match discussion, with Hungary ordered to play their next three UEFA competition games behind closed doors due to racist abuse and homophobic banners at the stadium during Euro 2020.

However, a full-capacity 60,000 home crowd packed into the stands tonight as the qualifier was being played under FIFA jurisdiction.


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