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'Plan in place' if players are racially abused at World Cup

MAN WITH A PLAN: England manager Gareth Southgate during the press conference at West Riding CFA, Leeds

ENGLAND MANAGER Gareth Southgate says England have a plan in place if players are racially abused at the World Cup in Russia, insisting it is unlikely any of the team would walk off the pitch.

"Players, like everyone, don't really know what to expect," said Southgate.

"We are all hopeful that it will go well, but we are having conversations in case it happens. We have a plan in place. We have personal support, team support and official protocol in place.

Southgate added that players players are clear on where he stand and the support they have from him. "We don't want to have to talk about it, but it is important that we do," said Southgate.

"The biggest impact we can have is as one of the most diverse squads to have left England and the way that they all get on, and hopefully that message will come through."

Three Lions defender Danny Rose has said he is "numb" to racial abuse and has "no faith" in the football authorities' "justice system", and even revealed that his family will not travel to Russia this summer over racism fears.

CONCERNS: Danny Rose

Rose told the Evening Standard: "I'm not worried for myself, but I've told my family I don't want them going out there because of racism and anything else that may happen.

"I don't want to be worrying when I'm trying to prepare for games for my family's safety. If anything ­happens to me, it wouldn't affect me like it would if my family had been abused.

"I'm fine with whatever may or may not happen, and I like to think I'll be able to deal with it in the right way.

Rose added that his dad is "really upset. I could hear it in his voice. He said he may never get a chance again to come and watch me in a World Cup.

"That was emotional, hearing that. It's really sad. It's just how it is. Somehow Russia got the World Cup and we have to get on with it."

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