A young lad wrote a letter to Marcus Rashford after Sunday's Euros defeat telling him not to be upset about the final.
Samantha Rosier shared her son Dexter's letter on Twitter, that he wrote after learning of the loss.
The nine-year-old told Rashford how much he had been inspired by the footballer, saying he will 'always be a hero' to him.
The letter reads: "Dear Marcus Rashford, I hope you won't be sad for too long because you are such a good person.
"Last year you inspired me to help people less fortunate, then last night you inspired me again, to always be brave.
"I'm proud of you, you will always be a hero."
Samantha wrote on Twitter: "His face when he heard the news that people were racially abusing Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka. He cried as much as he did at full-time last night.
"How is it a nine year old can understand being racist isn't ok, but 'adults' don't."
After England lost on penalties to Italy during Sunday night's Euro 2020 final, the players have shared their emotions with the public.
In a lengthy post Rashford, who was one of three players to miss a penalty, said he 'felt as if I'd let everyone down' and that he wished it had 'gone differently'.
The statement began: "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."
He went on to say that he felt he let the country down - which of course, isn't a sentiment echoed within the public opinion.
"Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shout out 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'm Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that."
Rashford ended his post: "For all the kind messages, thank you. I'll be back stronger. We'll be back stronger."
The racist abuse has been widely condemned with the Football Association releasing a statement slamming those responsible for the online hatred.
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