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West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice says after shifting allegiance to England from the Republic of Ireland he received threats.
The 20-year-old represented Ireland at youth level and won three caps – in friendlies – before shifting to the nation of his arrival in February.
“I have had people saying they are likely to come into my house,” he told ITV News.
“You click on their profile and they would just be a fake profile, so you don’t understand whether it is true or not.”
Rice is the most recent high profile player to reveal they have already been been mistreated on social networking, also England women’s head coach Phil Neville says gamers should boycott it.
Rice featured in their 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifier win from Bulgaria on Saturday and has won four caps for England.
“Thinking about it, I was never really fearful about it, since constantly fans are going to be giving me abuse and whatnot over it,” he added.
“You just sort of look at it and laugh, you think,’Yeahright, as if you’re likely to come along back and do this type of thing’.”
Rice’s England team-mate Marcus Rashford was racially abused on social media after having a penalty in Manchester United’s defeat by Crystal Palace in August and has stated he fears soccer is”moving backwards”.
Social media platform Twitter claims it had”taken action” on”over 700 examples of hateful conduct” in the 2 weeks leading up to England’s triumph against Bulgaria.
Twitter said it had met”directly influenced” clubs, the Professional Footballers’ Association and Kick out it in an effort to”tackle the issue together”.
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