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A campaign set up to raise money for a young Germany fan who was filmed crying during her side's 2-0 defeat to England at Wembley has hit a whopping £26,000.

The image of the girl in tears being consoled by an older man and woman went viral on social media in the wake of the Three Lions' famous victory, but the subject received some vile xenophobic abuse by a number of users.

As a result, Welshman Joel Hughes decided to start a JustGiving campaign in which he wrote: "I'd like to think that the parents of the little girl will spend this on a nice treat for her so that she knows that not everyone from the UK is horrible and that we care.

A young girl was pictured in tears in the wake of Germany's defeat to England
(Image: BBC)

"No, I don't think this will change the world. But it can do one thing for that little girl."

The family have not yet been identified, but that has not stopped thousands of people donating to the cause.

And on Saturday, ahead of England's quarter-final against Ukraine, the money raised surpassed the £26,000 mark – some way past the initial £500 Mr Hughes had hoped to hit.

Mr Hughes has received criticism from some quarters for his initiative, with suggestions that the money could have been used for other causes.

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But he recently took to Twitter to hit back at those who have questioned him, saying: "This shouldn't have to be said but here goes… The campaign is NOT just about a little girl crying because her team lost a football match.

"It is about: calling out vile online social media abuse; trying to add a voice of positivity into these increasingly intolerant times; intolerant, divisive times that are actively encouraged by our shambolic gov; show the world and our European friends and neighbours that the highly visible, and highly vocal negative minority in the UK do *not* represent us all. And that there is goodwill left (sic)."

The abuse of the girl was first drawn to national attention by Stan Collymore, who tweeted a number of the derogatory comments along with the caption: "No words necessary".

And BBC presenter Gary Lineker replied: "Absolutely disgusting. Sickening xenophobia."

It remains to be seen what total the money raised eventually gets to, or indeed if the family in question are ever identified – and if not what happens to the money already donated.