Boy, 9, who made Susanna Reid cry with note to Marcus Rashford 'wanted to cheer sad England star up as people were mean'

A LITTLE boy whose note to Marcus Rashford made Susanna Reid cry said he just wanted to cheer the England star up – as "people were mean".

The Good Morning Britain host battled back tears yesterday as she read aloud the letter from Dexter Rosier, nine – and today, the youngster appeared on the show.

The lad – who was called an "angel" by Susanna's co-host Richard Madeley – says he's also written to Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho after the three Lions were targeted with racist abuse online.

Introducing Dexter and mum Samantha to the show, Susanna said: "Messages of love and support have been flooding in, including a letter to Marcus Rashford written by Dexter, nine.

"It's gone viral and yesterday I couldn't even read it without being so moved."

Turning to Ranvir Singh, who also wept on Tuesday's show, she said: "You were in tears as well.

"It was such a beautiful letter and it came at such an important moment."

She asked the schoolboy: "What were you afraid Marcus Rashford was feeling?"

Dexter replied: "I was afraid he was feeling sad because people were being mean because he's black.

I was afraid he was feeling sad because people were being mean

"I wanted to cheer him up."

Rashford later shared Dexter's note on his Twitter page.

The schoolboy told the ace: "I hope you won't be sad for long because you are such a good person.

"Last year you inspired me to help people less fortunate.

"Then last night you inspired me again, to always be brave.

"I'm proud of you, you will always be a hero."

In his other letters, revealed on this morning's show, he called Sancho a "hero" and said: "Don't feel down – you tried, everyone tried", and told Saka: "I thought you were extremely brave to take the penalty."

And in a final missive to Boris Johnson, he wrote: "I don't think you're doing enough about racial abuse."

His note to the PM earned him a round of applause in the GMB studio.

Madeley told Dexter's mum: "You've brought up a little angel."

Rashford posted an image of the lad's note on Twitter after he became the victim of vile racist abuse.

He told fans: "I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty wasn't good enough, it should have gone in.

"But I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.

"I've felt no prouder moment than wearing these three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me in a crowd of tens of thousands."


Yesterday, both Susanna and Ranvir struggled with their emotions as they discussed the disgusting attacks on the young players.

"I hope Marcus feels everything that's coming through from this letter and all the messages of support," Reid said.

"I mean, honestly – it's hideous."

Prince William, Mr Johnson and Harry Kane are among those to blast the thugs behind the abuse, while millions of fans have been left deeply shocked.

Cops in London are also probing the racist abuse posted on social media.

One comedian has seen a string of shows cancelled after tweeting: "I'm sorry that black guys are bad at penalties."

And firm Savills has suspended a worker after racist abuse was sent from his Twitter account.

A post from Andrew Bone's Twitter account branded the players the N-word and claimed the England stars had "ruined it for us" after the loss.

But Bone's family claimed to The Sun his account had been hacked – and he had reported the matter to police.

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