There was also condemnation of the horrific racist abuse he and teammates Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho received in the aftermath of Sunday’s final.
“The messages I have received today have been positively overwhelming,” Rashford wrote in his heartfelt note, in which he said he would never apologise for who he is and where he comes from. “The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up,” he said.
He also shared three notes that he had received from school children since the game, including one from Dexter, aged 9, who wrote that he hoped Rashford wouldn’t be sad for too long. “Last year you inspired me to help people less fortunate. Then last night, you inspired me again, to always be brave.”
Dexter isn’t the only one who has written to the England squad. Unsurprisingly, school children across the country were talking about football – and racism – on Monday morning along with everyone else.
Thousands have since written letters to Rashford, Saka and Sancho, Gareth Southgate and the team, putting things better than we possibly could.
‘It means the world to us that you tried’
‘Don’t let the bullies hurt you’
‘You were upset you didn’t win but it’s okay’
‘Don’t listen to the people saying unkind things’
‘I hope you had fun … I am so proud of you’
‘Tell yourself we have made history’
‘If there was anyone in the world deserves an MBE, it’s you’
‘What is most important is you tried your best’
‘Our team is more bright than a rainbow and sun combined’