A mural of Marcus Rashford was defaced on Sunday night after he missed a penalty for England in the Euro 2020 final.
Rashford, who was brought on as a right-back during extra time in England’s defeat to Italy, missed the team’s third kick from the spot after the match went to penalties.
The mural, which adorns the wall of a café in south Manchester, was defaced with derogatory comments about Rashford less than an hour after the penalty shoot-out.
Further graffiti appeared to criticise Rashford’s prospective future Old Trafford teammate Jadon Sancho, who also missed a penalty as Italy won their first European Championship for 53 years.
It is not the first time that this mural of Rashford has been vandalised.
The Football Association has released a statement condemning the “disgusting behaviour” of a small number of supporters who aimed abuse at players on social media in the wake of England’s loss.
The artwork was created by Akse, a French-born graffiti artist based in south Manchester, in November 2020.
A painting of the Manchester United player appears alongside the phrase: ‘Take pride in knowing that your struggle will play the biggest role in your purpose’.
Marcus Rashford was distraught after hitting the post with his penalty
The abuse directed at Rashford is reminiscent of that aimed at David Beckham, who was sent off in England’s 1998 World Cup defeat to Argentina.
A burning effigy of Beckham was strung up amid the backlash to the red card, which also saw him booed and jeered by opposition fans throughout the 1998/99 season.
Separate artwork depicting Rashford kicking down the door of 10 Downing Street is located on Canal Street in Manchester.
The forward won praise last summer after he convinced the Government to make an about-turn on its free school meal policy, which led to his End Child Food Poverty campaign.