Hodgson gets Twitter support after tabloids claim England manager compared Tottenham’s Townsend to a monkey at NASA

24 hours after Roy Hogdson successfully navigated England to the World Cup finals in Brazil, the England manager has found himself at the centre of a new race row involving the Three Lions newest starlet, Andros Townsend.

Headlines on the backpage of the Mirror (Ollie Holt) and the front page of the Sun (Gordon Smart) report that the England manager revved up his team at halftime against Poland by telling an unfunny joke in which Tottenham’s attacking midfielder Andros Townsend was compared to a NASA monkey.

The full description of the monkey joke can be read here.

Interestingly, much of the public response to Thursday tabloids has been fury at the papers for insinuating that Roy Hodgson could be labelled a racist.

Below are a series of Tweets supporting Roy Hodgson in the wake of claims that he racially abused Tottenham’s Andros Townsend.