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The young England side’s performance at Wembley was praised on Sunday night.

They were within reach of winning the European Championship, only 3-2 defeat to Italy on penalties.

But their performance was marred by the behavior of a minority of fans, with dozens of arrests and a flood of abuse directed at players on social media after the match was over.

The ground in front of St Martin-In-The-Fields Church in London was covered in rubbish

Metropolitan Police said 49 people had been arrested for a “variety of offenses” and officers would be available overnight.

They also said 19 officers were injured as they “faced volatile crowds”. He gave no details of the extent of the injuries but said the fans’ behavior had been “totally unacceptable”.

Earlier today, fans were pictured in Leicester Square in London throwing away bottles and road cones, leaving the area littered with trash.

Police said some people in the capital had “jumped over lampposts or traffic signs,” which officers warned “could easily lead to injuries.”

And before the game started, around 100 fans were photographed go through security barriers at Wembley, running through the ground as staff tried to stop them but were overwhelmed.

After the game, most of the fans sent messages of praise and encouragement to the players.

Some, however, have turned to racist abuse, targeting three black players – Bukayo Saka, 19, Marcus Rashford, 23, and Jadon Sancho, 21 – who missed penalties in the dying minutes of the game.

Police said they were investigating “racist and offensive” social media posts and the Football Association added that they “strongly condemn” the abuse.

The FA added: “We couldn’t be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behavior is unwelcome to follow the team.

“We will do all we can to support the players …

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