Marcus Rashford: England striker 'won't apologise' for who he is after receiving racist abuse

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Marcus Rashford & Jordan PickfordMarcus Rashford was 1 of 3 players to miss a punishment for England successful the 3-2 shootout decision astatine Wembley

England and Manchester United guardant Marcus Rashford apologised for his punishment shootout miss but said helium "will ne'er apologise for who I am" aft helium was 1 of 3 players subjected to racist maltreatment pursuing England's Euro 2020 last decision to Italy.

Rashford, on with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed their spot-kicks.

All 3 were targeted connected societal media aft the game.

"I felt arsenic if I'd fto everyone down," Rashford wrote successful a statement.external-link

The 23-year-old added: "I tin instrumentality critique of my show each time long, my punishment was not bully enough, it should person gone successful but I volition ne'er apologise for who I americium and wherever I came from.

"I've felt nary prouder infinitesimal than wearing those 3 lions connected my thorax and seeing my household cheer maine connected successful a assemblage of 10s of thousands."

A mural successful Rashford's hometown of Withington was defaced aft his punishment miss, earlier it was covered successful messages of support.

Earlier connected Monday, England brag Gareth Southgate said the racist maltreatment issued aft the decision was "unforgivable", portion Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Football Association person besides condemned it.

The Metropolitan Police is investigating the maltreatment and said "it volition not beryllium tolerated", portion the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) has besides launched an investigation.

Marcus RashfordMessages of enactment were posted connected a Marcus Rashford mural successful his hometown aft it was initially defaced

Marcus Rashford's connection successful full:

"I don't adjacent cognize wherever to commencement and I don't adjacent cognize however to enactment into words however I americium feeling astatine this nonstop time.

"I've had a hard season, I deliberation that's been wide for everyone to spot and I astir apt went into that last with a deficiency of confidence. I've ever backed myself for a penalty, but thing didn't consciousness rather right.

"During the agelong run-up I was redeeming myself a spot of clip and unluckily the effect was not what I wanted. I felt arsenic though I had fto my team-mates down. I felt arsenic if I'd fto everyone down. A punishment was each I'd been asked to lend for the team. I tin people penalties successful my sleep, truthful wherefore not that one?

"It's been playing successful my caput implicit and implicit since I struck the shot and there's astir apt not a connection to rather picture however it feels. Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I tin accidental is sorry. I privation it had of gone differently.

"Whilst I proceed to accidental atrocious I privation to outcry retired my team-mates. This summertime has been 1 of the champion camps I've experienced and you've each played a relation successful that.

"A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable. Your occurrence is my success. Your failures are mine.

"I've grown into a athletics wherever I expected to work things written astir myself.

"Whether it beryllium the colour of my skin, wherever I grew up, or, astir recently, however I determine to walk my clip disconnected the pitch.

"I tin instrumentality critique of my show each time long, my punishment was not bully enough, it should person gone successful but I volition ne'er apologise for who I americium and wherever I came from. I've felt nary prouder infinitesimal than wearing those 3 lions connected my thorax and seeing my household cheer maine connected successful a assemblage of 10s of thousands.

"I dreamt of days similar this. The messages I've received contiguous person been positively overwhelming and seeing the effect successful Withington had maine connected the verge of tears. The communities that ever wrapped their arms astir maine proceed to clasp maine up.

"I'm Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old achromatic antheral from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I person thing other I person that. For each the benignant messages convey you. I'll beryllium backmost stronger. We'll beryllium backmost stronger."

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