Emotional messages for our Euro final Reds

Sunday 11 July 2021 10:32

Our trio of Reds in the England squad have become the subject of some poignant words as they put in their final preparations for tonight's Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford are part of the Three Lions squad hoping to overcome Italy and become European champions for the very first time.

Ahead of the country’s first major-tournament final for 55 years, people who know Gareth Southgate's players best have taken the time to provide further motivation by penning some personal good-luck messages for their England stars - all of which were published in The Telegraph newspaper.

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The messages from the families, friends and mentors of the players make for emotional reading, as you can discover below in the words addressed to Maguire, Shaw and Rashford.

From his mother and father, Zoe and Alan

“Well, Harry, the time has come - and whatever happens on Sunday we are all so proud of what you, the players and England staff have achieved over the past six weeks.

"I think there will be one or two tears from us when you sing your heart out at the National Anthem. Just embrace the occasion and enjoy the day. We know you will.

"It still feels like yesterday when you Joe, Laurence and Daisy ruined our back garden by continuously playing football from morning till night. You will remember us having to constantly call you in from Mosborough fields as darkness fell with you saying, ‘in a minute Mum, next goal is the winner!’

"And of course all those freezing cold Sunday mornings travelling the country as you played junior football. It was all worth it - every single minute.

"We were proud back then. Words can’t describe how we all feel now. As you know, the whole family will be there on Sunday to cheer you on. We know you will do your best.”

From Matt Crocker, Luke's Academy manager at Southampton

“Luke - we all remember the commitment you and your family made, and all those hours trekking up and down the M3 several times a week.

"People talk up the influence of clubs and coaches but families, and all the years spent juggling everything, often gets left out. You’ve shown tremendous resilience. This is the reward. And you’re now one of the iconic players we want others here to follow.

"We have a dressing room in the Academy named after you, just next to the one of Gareth Bale. And, in it, it’s got a photo of your first Saints game as an under-eight and then making your debuts for Southampton and England. We’re all thrilled for you and very proud.”

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From Melanie Maynard, his mother

“If there was a ball at Marcus's feet, there was always a smile on his face. A smile that can light up any room.

"When we had very little and times were tough at home, he found comfort in that ball. It is one of the most consistent things he’s ever had in his life. His escape.

"We lost tiles off the roof, vases went flying, school shoes got scuffed. All part of what has been the most fulfilling journey. I can’t think of a better feeling than seeing your child’s dreams come true. Pulling on that England shirt is met with endless pride and moments shared over this summer will be cherished forever.

"Communities have come together with a shared goal of bringing this home and it’s amazing to see a representation of all communities reflected in this squad. Come on England. We’re all extremely proud.”

Read the full story, containing messages for more England players, on The Telegraph website.