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Dropped striker Eni Aluko slams 'selfish' England over celebrations

The Three Lions’ players delivered a show of unity, indicating they are firmly behind coach Mark Sampson.

England's Nikita Parris and her team-mates celebrate their side's first goal of the game with manager Mark Sampson.
England's Nikita Parris and her team-mates celebrate their side's first goal of the game with manager Mark Sampson.
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ENI ALUKO HAS slammed her “selfish” former England team-mates following their touchline celebration with manager Mark Sampson during a women’s World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Aluko’s allegations of racism, harassment and bullying against Sampson caused controversy recently.

Sampson denies any wrongdoing and had already been cleared by a Football Association review and then an independent investigation.

But the FA has faced calls from anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out and the Professional Footballers’ Association to look again at the case.

However, England’s players delivered a show of unity, indicating they are firmly behind Sampson, by celebrating the opening goal from Nikita Parris with him during a 6-0 World Cup qualifying win over Russia.

The entire team rushed to the bench after the 11th-minute strike.

Reacting to a photograph of the celebration, the furious Aluko tweeted: “The same players who unanimously voted me as their representative to discuss the teams central contracts with the FA. A benefit for all.”

She added: “It goes without saying I’m delighted, relieved, blessed to be sat where I am right now. Blessings in disguise are often the best blessings.

“For the most together team in the world tonight’s ‘message’ only shows a level of disrespect that represents division and selfish action.”

– © AFP 2017

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