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Gary Lineker leads praise for Raheem Sterling after he calls for action on racism

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Raheem Sterling produced another fine performance in England’s 5-1 win away in Montenegro on Monday night.

The in-form Manchester City forward scored one of the goals and set up Harry Kane for another to help the Three Lions secure another convincing victory, following last Friday’s 5-0 win over Czech Republic.

However, the evening was soured by racist chants from the home fans inside the Stadion Pod Goricom in Podgorica.

Danny Rose was subjected to racist abuse by the Montenegro supporters after receiving a yellow card.

England boss Gareth Southgate said the incidents will be reported to UEFA, adding: “It is unacceptable. I definitely heard abuse of Danny Rose when he got booked.”

After scoring his goal, Sterling celebrated by cupping his hands to ears in front of the Montenegro fans.

And after the game, the 24-year-old was widely praised for calling for action on racism in his post-match interview.

“I didn't hear it personally but Danny made it clear that's what they were doing,” Sterling told Sky Sports. “I just wanted to show them that you're going to need more than that to upset us and stop us because we know what skin colour we are. It's not like you're telling us anything new.”

Montenegro v England - UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier

Asked by Sky Sports News' Rob Dorsett whether abuse should warrant stadium bans or teams playing behind closed doors, Sterling added: ”Yep. Something serious for them, to make them think twice about doing it again.

"You've got to make it harder - you've got to punish all the fans so they can't come to the games, you've got to do something that's really going to make them think twice. Because if their team can't play with fans it's going to be difficult for them and make them think twice about it.

"I can only, we can only, the FA can only do so much. We've got to leave this to the people in charge to make a proper stance on it. Just banning one or two people is not going to change anything, even to our fans I'd say the exact same thing."

After watching Sterling’s interview, Gary Lineker expressed his admiration for the England forward on Twitter.

The Match of the Day host tweeted: “He’s not only one of our most important players but @sterling7 has become an intelligent, assured and measured voice for good in our game and our society.”

Let’s hope those at the top of the game now listen to Sterling’s words and now take appropriate action to ensure racism in football is eradicated for good.

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