By Tom Horton, PA
Susanna Reid and Ranvir Singh were in tears as they discussed the racism directed at Marcus Rashford following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat.
The footballer was targeted with racist abuse after he missed a penalty during a shootout in the loss to Italy and a mural of him was defaced in Manchester.
During ITV’s Good Morning Britain, presenter Reid labelled a post on social media by Rashford, in which he said he will “never apologise” for who he is, “incredibly moving”.
'You're privileged if you don't have to think about it.'
After reading out a letter to Marcus Rashford from a young fan, @susannareid100 & @ranvir01 emotionally discuss the impact of racism.
Susanna says she hopes Marcus and his team mates realise how many people they inspire. pic.twitter.com/DT74NHXN07
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) July 13, 2021
Along with co-presenter Singh, she became tearful after reading out a letter sent to Rashford, who has campaigned to prevent child hunger, by a nine-year-old called Dexter in which he said he had been “inspired” by the footballer to help those less fortunate.
Singh said: “That’s England. Dexter’s England, right.”
She added: “The thing is, it goes to the heart of what we want for our children.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) July 12, 2021
“My son, going to school, he has talked about racism that he’s faced. He’s going to be nine.
“But you think about it all the time and you are privileged if you don’t have to think about it and the only time you have to think about it is when one of your heroes is suffering.”
Reid said she hopes the team “realise how many people love them, are proud of them and how many people they have inspired”.
She added we “all have to talk to our children” about racism.