The FA has condemned abuse on Twitter directed at Manchester United winger Ashley Young and Chelsea's Ashley Cole.

Both players missed penalties in the Euro 2012 quarter-final shoot-out defeat against Italy in Kiev and now it has transpired attacks have been launched on the popular social networking site.

"We are concerned at the reports regarding allegations of abuse aimed at England players Ashley Cole and Ashley Young on Twitter," an FA statement read.

"They have just given everything for the national team at Euro 2012 and it is appalling and unacceptable that messages of an abusive type are being posted. We support any police investigation in identifying who is behind this."