Gareth Southgate “definitely” heard Montenegro fans racially abuse Danny Rose during England’s 5-1 victory.
In an heavily-changed squad from Friday’s 5-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic, England got off to a surprisingly bad start when Marko Vesovic’s curling effort put Montenegro ahead in Podgorica.
However, the young Three Lions kept their cool and soon drew level after Michael Keane headed in Ross Barkley’s free-kick in the 30th-minute before the Chelsea midfielder scored a brace to put England in a commanding lead.
Raheem Sterling set-up Harry Kane for a simple fourth goal and later finished off Montenegro by scoring England’s fifth of the game, where he seemingly reacted towards the racist chants aimed at the visitors while celebrating.
And things got heated at the end of the match, when the referee booked Rose for a challenge with both Southgate and journalists alike claiming the Tottenham full-back was the target for racial abuse in Montenegro.
“I definitely heard it when Danny Rose got booked towards the end of the game,” The England boss told ITV.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that happened, and we’ll report it to UEFA. It’s not acceptable.
“I had a quick chat with Danny as I heard that, but I’ve not had a chance to talk to Raheem yet.
“I don’t want to speculate yet, but I know what I heard. We will definitely deal with it in the right way. We have to make sure we support our players.”
Southgate, who has won five successive games in charge of England for the first time, has guided the national side to top spot in Group A of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with six points in two matches.
The Three Lions will next be in action on June at Guimaraes in Portugal, where they will take on the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals as they chase their first piece of major silverware since the 1966 World Cup.
"I definitely heard abuse at Danny Rose when he got booked at the end of the game… We'll make sure that's reported officially. It's not acceptable."@England boss Gareth Southgate reacts to racist chants in Montenegro this evening pic.twitter.com/I1b0t1WEiM
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) March 25, 2019