Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has praised Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov for standing up to his own supporters during England’s 6-0 win on Monday.
Popov called for fans in Sofia to stop directing racist chants towards the visitors, which caused the game to be stopped twice.
“Not an easy situation to play in and not one which should be happening in 2019. Proud we rose above it to take three points but this needs stamping out,” Rashford said.
“Thankful to the brilliant England support. You got behind us in the most meaningful way possible tonight and we are all very grateful. Have a safe journey home and take care.
“Also been told what the Bulgaria captain did at half-time. To stand alone and do the right thing takes courage and acts like that shouldn’t go unnoticed.”