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Raheem Sterling takes to social media to respond to treatment in Hungary

 

England and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has this evening taken to Twitter, to post a defiant message to the Hungarian supporters who targeted him on Thursday night.

Three Lions run riot

Sterling and co. were of course back in action a little less than 24 hours ago.

In the nation’s first taste of competitive action since suffering heartbreak at the last at the European Championships, England made the trip to the Puskas Arena, for a meeting with Hungary.

With Marco Rossi’s outfit having proven no pushovers at the Euros themselves, a tricky evening’s work was widely predicted for the Three Lions in Budapest.

When all was said and done, however, the class of the visitors simply proved too much.

On the back of a frustrating opening 45 minutes, the game finally exploded into life shortly before the hour-mark, when a scintillating burst down the left culminated in Mason Mount’s pull-back being slotted home by Raheem Sterling:

And, from here, the floodgates opened.

Harry Kane was next on target, before Harry Maguire made sure of all three points for Southgate and co. with a headed finish of his own five minutes later:

And there was even time for Declan Rice to add some gloss to the scoreline, capping off a fine individual display with England’s 4th just minutes from full-time.

A fine night all-round for the Three Lions, who march on to a perfect 12 points from 12 to open their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

‘Headstrong’

An otherwise stellar 90 minutes for all associated with the English setup, however, was soured by the Hungarian contingent in attendance at Thursday’s clash.

The tone for the evening was set before the action had even gotten underway, when the visitors’ stars were booed upon taking the knee ahead of kick-off.

And the racial targetting of England’s players continued throughout the action in Budapest.

Raheem Sterling was subjected to a particularly nasty experience, with the Manchester City star, amid efforts to pay tribute to Steffie Gregg, a close friend who recently passed away, having been interrupted by a chorus of boos, vile gestures and a series of projectiles from one section of the home crowd.

Declan Rice was quick to make clear that Gareth Southgate’s players would not be intimidated, making use of the opportunity to show up the classless fans in question.

And, this evening, Sterling himself has too responded.

Taking to social media, the 26-year-old posted a photo of himself standing tall in the face of the ridiculous behaviour at the Puskas Arena, accompanied by the defiant one-word message: ‘HEADSTRONG’

 

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