Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted on their social media accounts after they missed their penalty kicks on Sunday, but the rapper and producer hailed the trio as inspirational as he took aim at their racist haters.
Alongside a tagged photo of the players with Raheem Sterling, American music icon Diddy wrote on Instagram: ‘We stand with you Kings. Proud of all your efforts on and off the field and we will always support you. Continue to inspire. Love.
‘And to the racists… F*** YOU!’
Diddy’s post was praised by other celebrities, including model icon Naomi Campbell, who left a string of heart emojis in the comments alongside the folded hands emoji as a thank you, and former England captain David Beckham.
The retired footballer, who captained the national team from 2000 to 2006, commented: ‘Proud of our boys @diddy inspiration to our country and to all the young kids they continue to inspire.’
Lena Headey shared her support for the players too, writing: ‘Kings be kings be kings. Beautifully played. Thank you @marcusrashford @sanchooo10 @bukayosaka87 @sterling7 @england’, alongside an illustration of the four players.
Posting the same black and white image as Diddy, Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock publicly supported the players as well, while criticising ‘the Black British Experience’.
‘You can live here but be quiet. You can work here but not all of you. You can speak at the table but not too loud. You can play for us but you can’t lose.
‘Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Black British Experience. @marcusrashford @bukayosaka87 @sanchooo10 I stand with you 🖤,’ the star penned.
Prince William also took to Twitter on Monday morning to condemn the ‘abhorrent behaviour’ of those who had bombarded the footballers, saying the abuse left him ‘sickened’.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is President of the FA, tweeted: ‘I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.
‘It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.
‘It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.’
England manager Gareth Southgate praised his team as ‘a beacon of light’ at Monday’s post-defeat press conference while blasting the racist abuse.
‘It’s just not what we stand for,’ he said.
‘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.
‘Everybody has to remember when they support they team that they also represent England and should represent what we stand for.’
Celebs had been quick to praise England’s performance at Wembley just after the bitter defeat, with Adele and Liam Gallagher hoping to cheer up the team with their messages of support.
Others took issue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s initial tweet about the racist abuse, with Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid claiming he sounded ‘like a slightly disappointed parent’ and that it needed to be a bit more than “You should be ashamed of yourself”.’
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