RAPPER ArrDee has shared his public support for the England team after a number of black players were targeted with racist abuse online.

Gareth Southgate, who was raised in Crawley, guided his side to a narrow penalty-shootout defeat against Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were inundated on social media with racist abuse after they missed their penalties.

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The comments prompted a police investigation and widespread condemnation.

Brighton-born rapper ArrDee, real name Riley Davies, took to social media on Monday to share his support for the players, on and off the field.

He brandished the abuse as “disgusting”.

The Instagram post said: “Absolutely smashed it lads. Furthest England have gone in a long time and you lot are just starting, YOUNG KINGS.

“Disgusting some of the stuff being said on social media and how certain people are acting out. Where I’m from you don’t turn your back on your people because you feel disappointed.

“Apart from that… Well done boys. Proud of ya.”

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ArrDee shot onto the music scene in April after the release of the chart-topping remix Body alongside Tion Wayne and Russ Millions.

The Brighton musician has released songs across a range of styles and genres including rap, drill, grime, afrobeats and more.

Marcus Rashford has apologised for missing a penalty, but says he "will never apologise for who I am" after the racist abuse.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Monday, the 23-year-old said: "I can take critique of my performance all day long. My penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from."

England manager Gareth Southgate also condemned the abuse, stating it is the antithesis of what the national team's values are and the "togetherness" that the squad has shown.

"For some of them to be abused is unforgivable really," he said. "I know some of that has come from abroad, people who track these things are able to explain that, but not all of it.

"It's just not what we stand for. We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.

"We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together."