This Is England

This Is England

England, the country, is represented and reflected by its national soccer team: diverse and modern, progressive and compassionate. But there is another, darker England, too.


By Rory Smith

By the end of the day, the scrawl of abuse had been buried beneath an avalanche of sticky notes and hand-drawn flags, homemade banners and paper hearts. Affection and appreciation had so convincingly drowned out malice and hate that they had colonized the wall. Now, only the top half of the mural was still visible: the face of Marcus Rashford, rising above it all.

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