Sport Rashford DENIES he has 'benefitted commercially' from his campaigning
Rashford: I'll never apologise for who I am
Marcus Rashford has apologised for missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final shootout, but says he 'will never apologise for who I am' after receiving online racist abuse. Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka's social media pages were flooded with racist comments after their penalty shootout misses, leading the FA to release a statement condemning the "disgusting behaviour".
has defended his off-field partnerships and questioned why footballers 'can't just do the right thing' for charity.
The Manchester United forward, 23, said onon Tuesday political magazine The Spectator is set to run a story suggesting he has 'benefited commercially' from his campaigning.
Rashford has backed a number of child food poverty incentives and became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List by raising £20million in donations from supermarkets for groups tackling the issue.
The England player has also forced a series of Government U-turns over free school meals during thepandemic.
Marcus Rashford mural vandalised following England's Euro 2020 final loss to Italy
The artwork displayed on the streets of Manchester was defaced in the wake of the Three Lions' penalty shootout defeat at WembleyWith the scoreline locked at 1-1 after extra time in Sunday's showpiece event, penalties were needed to decide the winner of the European Championship.
He tweeted a thread saying: 'Just heard @spectator are planning to run a story on me tomorrow about how I have benefitted commercially in the last 18 months.
'To clarify, I don't need to partner with brands. I partner because I want to progress the work I do off the pitch and most of any fee I would receive contributes to that.
'Last summer, 1.3M children had access to food support, through my relationship with Burberry children have a safe place to be after school where they will be fed, following the November investment vulnerable children have safe places to go this summer holiday, and due to my relationship with Macmillan 80,000 children now have a book to call their own.
'Do I have a larger commercial appeal following the u-turns? I'm sure. But I'm also a Manchester United and England international footballer. Why has there always got to be a motive? Why can't we just do the right thing?
Rashford to undergo shoulder surgery and faces 12 weeks out
Manchester United have confirmed Marcus Rashford will undergo surgery imminently to resolve his shoulder injury. The England international could be back training within five weeks of surgery but it would be approximately 12 weeks until he returned to action, potentially ruling him out until late October. © PA Marcus Rashford will have surgery to correct a shoulder injury The 23-year-old, who made five substitute appearances for England during their run to the Euro 2020 final, wanted the operation done straight after the Euros but was made to wait for the availability of the requisite surgeon.
'I actually enjoy reading bits from The Spectator now and again but this is just a none starter.'
Rashford's Burberry partnership saw the fashion company make a number of donations to youth charities and youth clubs, including London Youth and Norbrook Youth Club in Manchester, which he attended as a child.
Before that he launched a petition urging the Government to extend free school meals through the half-term and Christmas holidays, eventually pressuring ministers into providing £170million of extra funding.
Rashford, who received free school meals himself, was made an MBE in the delayed 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
However, he was the target of online racist abuse after his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
Abusive graffiti was also left on a mural of his face in Withington, Manchester.
Football did come home - and the outlook for England's young team is bright .
Football came home all right. England just didn't win the tournament.It's no disgrace.