England's Jermain Defoe feels racism mars the experience of representing your country
Jermain Defoe says players should not have to endure the alleged racism which overshadowed England's recent U21s game.
Last Updated: 18/10/12 11:00am
Danny Rose claims he was targeted by monkey chants and gestures throughout the 1-0 win in Krusevac on Tuesday, which dissolved into ugly and violent scenes between opposing players, fans and coaching staff.
UEFA have since charged the Serbian Football Association with alleged racist chanting by fans, which they have denied, while disciplinary procceedings have been opened against both them and the English FA over the behaviour of players at the end of the stormy encounter.
Defoe has sympathy for the players who were abused during the game and believes such incidents detract from the 'special' experience of playing for your country.
He told Sky Sports: "It must have been tough for the players that were over there.
"Especially when you play for your country, at any level - even the under-21s, senior level - it's such a big occasion every game you play.
"It's special, you've worked hard all your life to represent your country.
"All you want to do really is be equal to everyone else and I suppose if you are getting those kind of chants it's not nice because you just want to enjoy your football and take in the experience and it's not nice to experience anything like that."