Czech Republic vs England
England and the Czech Republic will go head-to-head this Friday, in their first Euro 2020 qualifier of the international break.
Should England win the tie, they will move six points clear of the Czech Republic, who currently occupy 2nd spot in Group A.
The last time that these two sides met earlier this year saw England come away with a resounding 5-0 victory.
Previous reports of racist abuse
After facing off with the Czech Republic on Friday, Gareth Southgate will take his side to face Bulgaria.
Like the Czech Republic, England have already faced Bulgaria this year in a qualifier.
However, there were reports of alleged racist abuse from Bulgaria fans directed towards Raheem Sterling the last time these two sides faced off at Wembley.
Abraham on England players walking off
Now, ahead of their upcoming qualifiers, Tammy Abraham has stated that England’s players are willing to walk off the pitch if they hear racist abuse:
“Harry Kane said that if it happens (racist abuse) and we’re not happy with it, we speak to the player and if he’s not happy, we all come off the pitch together.
“It’s a team thing. Don’t isolate one person, we’re a whole team. If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.” As quoted by the Mirror.
According to the Mirror, if racist abuse is heard:
There is a UEFA three-step protocol which says an announcement should be made first, the players then taken off for a period of time while another announcement is made and then a decision made on whether to restart to abandon the game.
However, Abraham adds that Harry Kane revealed that, as a team, they will decide whether or not to stay on the pitch:
“Harry Kane did ask the question about instead of going through the three steps, if we decide that we want to stop the game and we want to stop the game – no matter what the score is – if we’re not happy with it, as a team we’ll decide whether or not to stay on the pitch.” As quoted by the Mirror.