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Susanna Reid Moved To Tears On GMB After Reading Boy's Heartfelt Letter To Marcus Rashford

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Susanna Reid Moved To Tears On GMB After Reading Boy's Heartfelt Letter To Marcus Rashford

Susanna Reid broke down in tears on Good Morning Britain today, after reading a nine-year-old boy's letter to Marcus Rashford.

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In the clip, Susanna, Richard and Ranvir were discussing the sickening racial abuse members of the England football team had received since the nail-biting penalty shoot out during Sunday evening's Euros final.

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Speaking about the racial abuse aimed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, Susanna said: "I hope they realise how many people love them, are proud of them and how many people they have inspired.

"There is a letter online from a nine-year-old called Dexter, and Marcus tweeted it along with his statement, and it said: 'Dear Marcus Rashford, I hope you won't be sad for long because you are such a good person. Last year, you inspired me to help those less fortunate'."

Susanna broke down in tears reading the letter (Credit: ITV)
Susanna broke down in tears reading the letter (Credit: ITV)

Breaking down in tears, Susanna added: "I hope Marcus feels everything that is coming through from this letter and from all the messages of support... 'Then last night you inspired me again to always be brave, I am proud of you, you will always be a hero.'"

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Ranvir - who was also visibly upset - said: "That's England, Dexter's England, right?

"... The thing is it goes to the heart of what we want for our children, my son going to school he's talked about racism he's faced. He's going to be nine.

"You think about it all the time. You're privileged if you don't have to think about it and the only time you think about it is when one of your heroes is suffering.

"... You can't shake it off if you're in that position. You can act like you're functioning normally but all the time it's there. Privilege is having the choice."

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Ranvir also broke down in tears (Credit: ITV)
Ranvir also broke down in tears (Credit: ITV)

On Monday evening, in a statement on social media, Marcus Rashford said he will 'never apologise for who I am and where I came from.'

His emotional statement read: "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 had 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?

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"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. Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shoutout my teammates.

"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 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.

Dexter's letter to Marcus (Credit: ITV)
Dexter's letter to Marcus (Credit: ITV)

"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.

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"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. MR10."

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Good Morning Britain, TV News

Lucy Devine
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