Rice breaks silence on iconic celebration during England’s win over Hungary

Goals from Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice earned the Three Lions a win on a night where racist chanting marred their victory

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In pictures: Hungary v England

Declan Rice was delighted to “silence the haters” after his celebration during England’s 4-0 win in Hungary went viral.

The West Ham star scored the final goal as the Three Lions took control of their World Cup qualifying group with a comprehensive victory.

Gareth Southgate’s side knew they were in for a tough assignment in Budapest, with the hosts impressing during this summer’s European Championship.

And there was also the hostile atmosphere to contend with, as the Puskas Arena loudly booed England’s decision to take the knee before the whistle.

That hostile atmosphere became an unacceptable one in the second half, when a section of the home support threw projectiles at Raheem Sterling following his opening goal.

Declan Rice riled the home fans by drinking one of the cups thrown at Raheem Sterling

Several cups were thrown towards the Manchester City forward as he tried to pay tribute to the passing of his friend Steffie Gregg.

As Sterling’s teammates engulfed the scorer, Rice could be seen picking up one of the strewn cups, before motioning to take a swig.

Prior to Euro 2020, Rice told reporters he had never had a beer, but had no issue having a sip in solidarity with his pal and teammate.

Luke Shaw suffered similar treatment when taking a corner, before Jack Grealish followed Rice’s lead in the aftermath of Harry Maguire’s strike.

In more troubling developments, there were widespread reports of racist chanting at both Sterling and Jude Bellingham.

UEFA sanctioned the Hungarian FA in July of this year following “discriminatory behaviour” during their group games at this summer’s tournament.

Jack Grealish followed Rice’s lead following Harry Maguire’s headed goal

Hungary will play their next two UEFA fixtures behind-closed-doors, although that doesn’t apply to World Cup qualifiers due to the fact they are under FIFA jurisdiction.

Taking to social media after the game, Rice posted a picture of the incident with the caption “silence the haters”, while Grealish described the night as a “brilliant win in an unacceptable atmosphere”.

The England boss was asked about the alleged abuse after the win, revealing FIFA were keeping a very close eye on proceedings.

Rice took to social media following the victory

“I can only go on what you’re telling me and if that’s the case then it’s not acceptable,” Southgate explained.

“We weren’t conscious of it on the side. I don’t know if the players on the pitch were. But everyone knows what we’ve spoken about for two or three years.

“They know what we stand for as a team and we have to hope we can continue to eradicate racism not only in football but from life in general.

He added: “[FIFA] have taken this fixture really seriously, they’re taking accounts on everything.

“I’m not really across all of the process of that [whether the FA would make a complaint]. I’m sure [FIFA] will gather evidence from different sources.”

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