How is that racist? Former England star Barnes backs Hodgson in row

John Barnes has defended Roy Hodgson after the England manager was forced to apologise for a ‘monkey’ joke during the 2-0 victory over Poland.

Hodgson used the joke as he attempted to explain to right back Chris Smalling that he wanted to get the ball to Andros Townsend more often after the break during the World Cup qualifier.

But Townsend tweeted on Thursday morning that ‘no offence’ was intended or taken by Hodgson’s comment. Barnes, who made 79 appearances for England agrees with the Tottenham winger.

Barnes said: ‘How can anybody be offended by that? It’s not racist. Feed the monkey is the same as saying ‘feed the goat’.’

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