MOST of the "abhorrent racist abuse" aimed at England players after their Euro 2020 finals loss was posted in the UK, Twitter says.

Teammates Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were the targets of a wave of abuse on the social networking platform after their penalties heartbreak.

Now analysis by Twitter has confirmed the United Kingdom was "by far" the main origin of those posts.

The compny stated: "On the night of the Euros final, our automated tools kicked in immediately, and ensured we identified and removed 1,622 abusive Tweets in the 24 hours that followed.

"Only two per cent of the tweets we removed generated more than 1,000 impressions.

"While many have quite rightly highlighted the global nature of the conversation, it is also important to acknowledge the UK was — by far — the largest country of origin for the abusive tweets we removed.

The National:

"Our data suggests that ID verification would have been unlikely to prevent the abuse from happening - as of the permanently suspended accounts, 99% of account owners were identifiable.

"Since our update in February, we've improved our proactive tools to identify racist abuse and removed just under 13,000 tweets — of which 95% were identified proactively.

"Soon, we will be testing a new product feature that temporarily autoblocks accounts using harmful language.

"There is no place for racist abuse on Twitter.

"Our aim is always that Twitter be used as a vehicle for every person to communicate safely.

"We're determined to do all we can, along with our partners, to stop these abhorrent views and behaviours being seen on and off the platform."

Eleven arrests have been made in connection with the online abuse.