England footballers Declan Rice and Jack Grealish hit back at Hungarian football fans in truly iconic style after some of their fellow Lions were racially abused.

The national men’s team had travelled to Budapest to play Hungary in a World Cup 2022 qualifying match.

But during the 4-0 win against the Hungarian side, scenes became ugly in the Puskas Arena, particularly when Raheem Sterling scored England’s opener.

The home fans booed, threw objects towards the team and allegedly racially abused England’s black players.

As Sterling celebrated his goal, a number of cups were thrown in his direction, prompting England midfielder Declan Rice to pick one up and drink from it in defiance.

Later in the game, Jack Grealish again mocked the crowd in the same way.

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The reaction on Twitter was one of delight as people praised the players for taking a stand against racism and for their “s***housery”.

Football-focussed Twitter account 90min, wrote: “Racism will never win. Drink it in.”

Another football account wrote: “Declan Rice. Top s***housery.”

Another joked that Grealish was drinking the “tears of Hungarian racists”.

After the match, Grealish posted on Twitter calling the atmosphere “unacceptable”.

Rice also posted on his Twitter account with the caption “Good morning” and an image of him from yesterday’s game, gesturing to the crowd that had thrown a flare onto the field.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the reports of racist chanting, which were directed at Sterling and Jude Bellingham.

In a post on Twitter, he wrote: “It is completely unacceptable that England players were racially abused in Hungary last night.

“I urge FIFA to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good.”

Some were critical of Johnson’s response. particularly after he failed to condemn England fans who booed the players taking the knee against racial injustice in June.

England manager Gareth Southgate added: “They (the players) recognise the world is changing. Although some people are stuck in their way of thinking and prejudices, they are going to be the dinosaurs in the end because the world is modernising.

“Hungary isn’t anywhere near as diverse in their population as our country is, it is still taking us a long, long time to get to where we need to get to and inevitably, if other countries don’t have that same level of diversity, it is probably not in their thinking in the same way as in our country.

“We’ll continue to do what we do, continue to try set the right example for young people in our country who will be more influenced by us than people will be elsewhere.”

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