The footballer apologised for letting people down and vowed to come back stronger in an emotional open letter after missing his penalty in England’s defeat to Italy on Sunday night, also thanking the majority of fans for their support.
The Manchester United forward was one of three players to fail to score in the shoot-out alongside Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka. All three have since suffered racist abuse on social media.
A number of famous faces have rallied around Marcus following his post and demonstrated an outpouring of love for the sporting hero.
Meanwhile, David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton and Sacha Baron Cohen are among the stars to have condemned the racist abuse directed at England’s black players.
The Three Lions came agonisingly close to winning a first major trophy since 1966, only to be denied by Italy via a penalty shootout.
Gareth Southgate, Boris Johnson and the Duke of Cambridge all denounced the abuse.
Former England captain David, 46, praised the team’s performance and said ‘they all deserve nothing but thanks and respect’.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘To Gareth and the boys…I know how much this will hurt but you have the pride and thanks of your country for what you have achieved and you have done it the right way.
‘Anyone who doesn’t support and respect each and every one of you today isn’t an England fan.
‘Win or lose we stand with you .. Hold those heads high..’
Borat star Sacha, who has campaigned against hateful content on social media, called on Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey to act.
He said: ‘Hey Mark Zuckerberg & Jack Dorsey — Facebook/Instagram and Twitter are spreading racist attacks on these black athletes.
‘Online racism leads to real-world hate crimes.
‘It’s time to rid racism from your platforms once and for all!’
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