England’s Gareth Southgate seeks to calm racism row with Bulgaria

Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori celebrates scoring at Wolves with teammate Tammy Abraham

"I've always said that in tournaments that I played in, we always pinned our hopes on one player or two players".

The Three Lions will play the Czech Republic on Friday followed by Bulgaria on Monday in a partially-closed stadium because of fans' racist behaviour in June.

Gareth Southgate has Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane at his disposal, to get the three points.

"We did speak about that [the protocol]", Abraham added.

But speaking in Prague on Thursday, Manchester City striker Sterling said that England will back UEFA's three-step protocol - which allows match officials to abandon a game if warnings to supporters are not heeded - before walking off unilaterally.

Mikhaylov's letter to UEFA general secretary Theodore Theodoridis began: "It is with a great feeling of regret that I find myself obligated to address you regarding a matter that I assumed to have been peacefully resolved at the end of last month".

"I'm so conscious, the most important thing for me, my players are being put in very hard situations every time they're questioned on the subject", he said.

"Being here now, I just want to try and get my first cap and then try and get more after that as well".

"I think with the four players you mention, they're all players that are still getting better, still learning, but at the same time are producing as well, so, yeah, it's an exciting front three".

"We're very clear on that". "I feel that a lot of the players don't just want to be involved in tournaments and finish in the quarter-finals or the semi-finals and say that was a good run".

Tomori, who was picked along with in-form Blues team-mate Tammy Abraham, told a press conference: "I've taken everything as it has come".

"At this moment in time, full faith in UEFA".

"For the England visit, UEFA has ordered the BFU to close at least 5,000 seats at the Vasil Levski National Stadium and display a banner that reads: "#EqualGame". That's because the English team is considering walking off the pitch in Bulgaria if any of its players are a target of racial abuse.

"It's a team decision, one that we all need to make".

England are starting to build a strength in depth that is the envy of many a nation.

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