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‘I’ll be back stronger’: Rashford’s heartbreaking message after defaced mural covered in messages of support

Written by on 12/07/2021

Marcus Rashford has shared a heartbreaking message saying “all I can say is sorry” after his penalty shootout miss in the Euro 2020 final, as messages of support have been left on a defaced mural of him.

The England striker took to Twitter after being subjected to racist abuse online following his spot kick, as England were beaten by Italy at Wembley on Sunday.

He said: “I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time. 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.”

“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 let my teammates 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 describe how it feels.

“Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone differently. Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shout out my teammates. This summer has been one of the best camps I’ve experienced and you’ve all played a role in that.

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The Manchester United forward went on to praise the England squad saying “a brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable”.

He went on to say: “Your success is my success. Your failures are mine. I’ve grown into a sport where I expect 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.”

“The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up,” he added. “I’m Marcus Rashford, 23 year old, black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that.”

He signed off: “For all the kind messages, thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.”

The footballer also posted a number of heartwarming messages he had received, including one from a nine-year-old boy named Dexter Rosier which said: “I hope you won’t be sad for too long because you are such a good person.

“Last year you inspired me to help people less fortunate. Then last night you inspired me again, to always be brave.

“I’m proud of you, you will always be my hero”.

A mural in honour of Rashford in Withington, south Manchester, was defaced within hours of his missed penalty in what police are treating as a racist incident.

But by Monday, messages of support started to appear.

The official England Twitter account responded to Rashford with a message of support.

It said: “Keep your head up, Marcus. We know you’ll come back stronger from this. Continue inspiring. Continue making a difference. We’re extremely proud of you.”

 Sky News

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