Dominic Calvert-Lewin has addressed the racist abuse his England teammates suffered following the Euro 2020 final in the summer with a heartfelt open letter on equality.

Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were all subject to vile abuse following the Three Lions' penalty shootout defeat to Italy in July.

Writing candidly about discrimination and racism in Everton's official programme at the weekend, Calvert-Lewin described his frustration of the incident and anger towards those anonymous accounts involved.

The 24-year-old wrote: "It is those sorts of things happening over and over that sometimes makes you feel you are banging your head against a brick wall with it all.

"You take the knee all season and have a social media blackout and it all raises awareness - then three English players are targeted for racial abuse for missing penalties.

"They didn't miss because of the colour of their skin. It happens, it's football.

"It requires massive amounts of courage to take a penalty in that situation. The people responsible for the messages, on the other hand, are cowards, hiding behind anonymous accounts.

"They can type what they want, then go about their days and not see the lasting effects of their actions on someone. There must be accountability for the individuals perpetuating this hate."

However, Calvert-Lewin did not want to use his article to just focus on negativity.

The striker also wanted to highlight the positive actions that many across the country have shown over recent weeks and months while also highlighting the response of Evertonians to their side taking the knee.

"This is where I come back to the reasons for encouragement," the forward added.

"Bukayo Saka received so many kind messages and had great receptions a various stadiums. There was a mural created for Marcus Rashford.

"There are so many good people fighting for the right cause. It is the few who hold these ingrained discriminatory beliefs, who think racism is okay. Their thoughts and beliefs are formed at young ages and become part of who they are.

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"It is hard to foresee any gestures changing those people, racism is too deep rooted in them.

"People can change but it is very hard to change people who don't want to change. That's not to say we should stop taking the knee. It continues to generate awareness and important conversations and I have felt uplifted by Evertonians' wonderful response to us kneeling before every game this season."

Calvert-Lewin knows that he has a position as a role model for others and he is completely committed to conducting himself in the right manner.

He holds a lot of hope that the world can become more inclusive and diverse in the future - and he wants to help achieve that goal in any way possible.

"It is a privilege to be in a position now where I am a role model for kids who look like me - and those who don't," Calvert-Lewin wrote.

"It would be naïve and a shame not to accept that responsibility. I try to conduct myself in the right way and stay true to myself in the way I live my life.

"Hopefully, what I am doing on and off the football pitch can give other the confidence to go and fulfil their dreams.

"There is a conflict between wanting to contribute positive change and the concern over your words being misinterpreted, or not expressing yourself exactly how you intend.

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"But if me talking continues the conversation and might help in any way, however small, then I will do it.

"It is my fervent hope that through a more inclusive and diverse world, racism will naturally filter out of society. That kids growing up now won't have to deal with hate and discrimination, because today's generation of parents know better and teach their children right from wrong."

To finish his piece, Calvert-Lewin had a simple message to anyone who might be reading.

He concluded: "To the boys and girls reading this, you can be anything you want in the world, if you put your mind to it and do what is required to achieve it, regardless of how you look, or the colour of your skin.

"Look at the number of successful black people today. I have always been a believer, that if he or she can do it, then I can do it too.

"Never stop striving to be the best possible version of yourself and you can achieve everything you want.

"The task for every one of us now is to bring forward the day when these things go without saying."