Marcus Rashford: Graffiti on mural replaced with hearts
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Manchester United believe Marcus Rashford can use his England pain to get even better and force inclusion, according to reports. The striker missed in the penalty shootout as the Three Lions lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. But the Red Devils will give him all the support he needs, as well as helping Jadon Sancho bounce back.
It was agony on Sunday for Rashford and England as Gareth Southgate’s side fell at the final hurdle.
The Red Devils star missed his penalty in the shootout against Italy, with Sancho and Bukayo Saka doing the same.
And, now, The Athletic say there are people within United who feel Rashford can use the experience of being left out by Southgate to ‘redouble his work’.
The Red Devils know it’s been a trying time for the 23-year-old, even before the match.
A shoulder injury has stopped him from playing at peak level over the past 12 months, with Rashford now having a decision to make over surgery.
And it’s also stated that United will give Sancho the same ‘pastoral care’ as Rashford, even though his move from Borussia Dortmund is yet to be officially completed.
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Rashford was subjected to vile racist abuse online after his miss, with trolls also doing the same to Sancho and Saka.
His mural in Manchester was also vandalised, by 2.50am in the morning.
But, fortunately, the good people within the world have already moved to help him. They’ve covered the vandalism on his mural with love hearts and other supportive messages, something the player has acknowledged.
Rashford issued an apology after his miss on social media on Monday, admitting something ‘hadn’t felt right’ on the night.
“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I am feeling at this exact time,” he said.
“I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s been clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence.
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“I’ve always backed myself for a penalty, but something didn’t feel quite right.
“During the long run-up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted.
“I felt as though I had let my team-mates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down.
“A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep, so why not that one? It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels.
“Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had of gone differently.”
He also praised the England squad for their bond over the course of the tournament, saying: “Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shout out my team-mates.
“This summer has been one of the best camps I’ve experienced and you’ve all played a role in that.
“A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable. Your success is my success. Your failures are mine.
“I’ve grown into a sport where I expected to read things written about myself. Whether it be the colour of my skin, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I decide to spend my time off the pitch.
“I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.
“I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of 10s of thousands.
“I dreamt of days like this. The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears.
“The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up.
“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that.
“For all the kind messages thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.”
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