A mural honouring footballer Marcus Rashford that was vandalised with graffiti has been covered successful hearts and supportive messages.
The artwork successful Withington, Manchester, was defaced pursuing England's defeat to Italy successful the Euro 2020 final.
Notes and drawings with the words "role model", "wonderful human" and "hero" person been attached to the wall.
Those who brought them said they wanted to amusement solidarity for Rashford and basal against racism.
Rashford missed a punishment successful the 3-2 shootout loss, on with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.
Greater Manchester Police said an probe had begun aft the unit received a study of racially-aggravated harm astatine the mural astatine 02:50 BST.
Several curse words were daubed crossed the mural alongside the connection "Saka".
There has been an outpouring of enactment for Rashford connected societal media and radical person besides posted affirmative messages implicit the covered-up graffiti connected the mural.
Children stuck up drawings and described Rashford, Sancho and Saka arsenic "national heroes".
Others wrote cards to convey Rashford for his enactment to tackle kid nutrient poverty.
"Thank you for your passion, compassion and tendency to alteration lives," 1 enactment said.
Laura Morris, 36, a play summons holder for Manchester United who lives successful Didsbury, said she visited the mural due to the fact that she was upset it had been vandalised.
"He was truthful brave taking that penalty.
"Seeing what radical person done to the mural is truthful disgusting truthful I wanted to amusement our solidarity for him," she said.
A crowdfunding entreaty to hole the harm to the mural has raised astir £18,000.
At the country
By Rumeana Jahangir, BBC News Online
Many Mancunians person expressed shock, disappointment and fury that the mural of a "local lad" who has made important achievements connected and disconnected the pitch, contempt lone being 23 years old, was defaced.
Yet astatine the aforesaid time, galore aren't amazed that racism has yet again surfaced.
A fig of locals person been sticking up hearts, flags and notes expressing their enactment and admiration for Rashford.
Others watched successful soundlessness oregon took pictures portion they tried to screen up the vandalism successful the rain.