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Gareth Southgate confirms he heard racist chanting from Montenegro fans.

Gareth Southgate says England will report Montenegro fans for racist abuse

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England were in fine form again on Monday evening as they defeated Montenegro 5-1.

Gareth Southgate's men endured an early setback as Marko Vesovic scored the opener after 17 minutes.

But England fought back to lead at half-time, with Michael Keane and Ross Barkley on the score-sheet.

And further goals from Barkley, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling gave the Three Lions the victory.

The game was marred by alleged racist chanting, though.

There were reports that Danny Rose was subject to racist abuse in the first half.

And, after receiving a yellow card in the dying stages, there were further reports that he had been racially taunted.

Gareth Southgate was asked about the issue after the game and he confirmed they would report Montenegro fans for their actions.

"I definitely heard abuse when Danny Rose got booked at the end of the game so there's no doubt in my mind that happened," he told ITV. "We'll make sure that's reported officially, it's not acceptable."

Sterling appeared to react to the crowd after scoring his goal but Southgate was unsure whether he was subject to the same taunts.

Gareth Southgate watches on during Montenegro v England

Regarding Sterling's celebration, Southgate said: "I'm not sure yet [if he was racially abused].

"I had a quick chat with Danny because I heard what happened there. I've not had a chance to speak to Raheem yet but whatever's happened we'll report.

"I don't want to speculate but I know what I heard. As I say, we'll definitely deal with it in the right way and we'll make sure we support our players."

Callum Hudson-Odoi also confirmed in his post-match interview that he heard racist abuse directed at Rose.

"I don't think discrimination should be anywhere. We have to play the game and enjoy the moment.

"But when you're hearing stuff like that from fans, it's not right. It's not acceptable.

"Hopefully UEFA deal with it properly because when I went over there, me and Rosey heard it.

Hudson-Odoi admitted after Montenegro v England that he heard racist abuse from home fans

"They were saying monkey stuff. We have to keep our heads and keep a strong mentality and hoepfully Rosey's okay as well.

"We'll have a chat and discuss what's happened but he's a strong guy so I think everything will be good.

"I hope UEFA deal with it."

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