Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie has condemned those who racially abused England football players following the Euro 2020 final, calling the abusers ‘the lowest form of human’.

Racists have aimed their online attacks at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties.

The Football Association denounced the ‘disgusting’ behaviour, as did England Manager Gareth Southgate, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince William.

Ms Baillie said: “Like many people across Stroud, I am really proud of the England football team and I’m still gutted they just failed to land the Euro 2020 crown on Sunday.”

“The players have conducted themselves with dignity and are brilliant role models for our young people.

“They have made new fans for life and, in the manager Gareth Southgate, we have a national treasure.

“Sadly, those who racially abused some of our players online because they missed a penalty are the lowest form of human and I hope they are identified and prosecuted.

“I am completely fed up with this sort of disgusting behaviour.

"It makes me livid and even more motivated to make sure the government’s Online Safety Bill has real teeth in it to deal with these mindless and nasty people. 

"The way forward in one regard is for accounts to be verified and for people to have a choice to block anonymous accounts. That will stop the hate and my campaign to achieve this continues."

Twitter said it had proactively removed more than 1,000 posts over the past 24 hours which violated its policy.

Euro 2020 organisers UEFA released a statement which read: “UEFA strongly condemns the disgusting racist abuse directed at several England players on social media after the Euro final, which has no place in football or society.

“We stand by the players and the English FA’s call for the strongest possible punishments.”

League Two club Leyton Orient said they had issued a three-year banning order to a season-ticket holder related to the abuse of England players.