In a further tweet, the journalist said Raheem’s decision was “naive at best, stupid at worst”.
Addressing the meaning behind his tattoo, the footballer said: “When I was two, my father died from being gunned down to death.
“I made a promise to myself [that] I would never touch a gun in my lifetime.
“I shoot with my right foot, so it has a deeper meaning [and is] still unfinished.”
Tonight, England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final, which kicks off at 8pm on BBC One.