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Gareth Southgate hoped action would be taken amid reports of racist abuse against English players in Hungary, but said “we don’t have our own house in order”.

There have been reports of monkey chants directed at Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham as the Three Lions beat 4-0 at Puskas Arena.

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Southgate saw his side win 4-0 against Hungary

The headlines will be dominated by what happened in the stands during the World Cup qualifiers, as England were also booed on their knees and bombarded with missiles by fans.

Hungary has already been sanctioned by UEFA for racist and homophobic abuse at Euro 2020 and can now expect repercussions from FIFA.

Asked about reports of racist chanting, Southgate said: “I don’t know about the players, just read (about this). We knew about the boos, but we didn’t know about anything else.

“We’re obviously going to talk to the players and if that’s the case it’s very disappointing.

Gareth Southgate says “action must be taken” amid reports that England players have been racially abused in Hungary, but adds “we don’t have our own house in order”

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Sterling was one of the players who was the target of racist abuse

“We faced, as a team, a very difficult atmosphere in the football sense. I’ve talked enough about racism over the past two years for people to know where I stand.

“You also have to look at yourself. We don’t have our own house in order. I don’t want to come here and make a big deal out of Hungary.

“If this has happened, action must be taken. At any level, this is not acceptable, whether it is one person or an entire booth.

When also asked what kind of sanctions should be imposed on Hungary, Southgate added: “I don’t think that’s for me. The authorities have to deal with this. We took a stand, we took the knee today.

“We felt it was the right thing. I don’t think the group of players we have could do more to fight this cause.

Gareth Southgate says “action must be taken” amid reports that England players have been racially abused in Hungary, but adds “we don’t have our own house in order”

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England sent message of challenge to Hungarian fans

Any concern of a hangover from the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy was quickly eliminated with four goals in the second half.

Sterling opened the scoring with Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice all finding the net in a convincing performance in a hostile atmosphere.

Southgate said: “I think we made a very difficult game comfortable. We were happy with the performance in the first half, they were doing everything right and getting into the right areas.

“The last ball was not quite correct and we were bumping into traffic a bit with our dribbling, but we also knew from the way we kept possession that they would tire and we would capitalize.

“I thought it was a great performance throughout.

“Although they have something to hold on to, they can stand up for themselves for their lives. We knew all the games here against the bigger teams; France, Portugal, then Germany away, the goals came late and they were still difficult to face.

“We just had to be patient. “

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