Preston school children write heartfelt letters of support to Marcus Rashford

Children at a primary school in Preston have written letters to Marcus Rashford and the England team after racist abuse directed at a number of players after their Euro 2020 final loss.

Year 4 Leopard's class at St Bernard's Catholic Primary had a class discussion about the abuse and all decided they wanted to get in touch with Marcus and his teammates to tell them they were inspirational, and had nothing to apologise for.

Letter to Marcus Rashford Credit: ITV Granada

Nyla, 9, thanked Marcus Rashford for his campaign last year to make sure children got free school meals during lockdown.

Marcus Rashford

Children at St Bernard's Catholic Primary School writing letters to Marcus Rashford Credit: ITV Granada

Some of the comments in the letters include "you tried your absolute best and that is all that matters" and "our headteacher tells us to wear our badge with pride, and that's exactly what you did, three lions, pride, power and passion, thank you for helping us to believe". Rio, who's 9, also told us "if they'd scored the penalties, they would've been heroes but instead everyone is horrible to them".

Letter to Marcus Rashford Credit: ITV Granada

Their teacher Miss Gregory says she's incredibly proud of the whole class, as it was their idea.

All the children's letters and a letter from the whole class are now being sent to Gareth Southgate and the team, with the Leopards hoping the squad sees them.