North London murals honour racially abused England stars Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka

Fans have rallied around the two young footballers following their Euro 2020 final heartbreak.

<p>The Marcus Rashford mural at Highgate Wood School, Crouch End. Credit: Highgate Wood Secondary School</p>

The Marcus Rashford mural at Highgate Wood School, Crouch End. Credit: Highgate Wood Secondary School

England football stars Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka have been honoured with two new murals in North London.

Both aces shared their appreciation for the new street art on social media.

However football fans rallied around the young stars, with the two new murals showing more support for the duo.

The new mural of Marcus Rashford on the side of the admin block of Highgate Wood Secondary School, in Crouch End. Credit: Highgate Wood Secondary School,

Despite playing for Manchester United, Rashford has been painted in a huge mural on the side of Highgate Wood School, in Crouch End, Haringey, not far from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

The 23-year-old is shown in his England kit, underneath the quote: “Just look at what we can do when we come together.”

Rashford tweeted this in June 2020, after his success in forcing a government u-turn on food vouchers during the school summer holidays.

Highgate Wood’s assistant headteacher, Jen Burniston, commissioned the mural by street art company Murwalls.

“After such a difficult year for all students nationwide, we felt we would like to honour the phenomenal contribution from Marcus Rashford to support students on free school meals” said Burniston.

“We thought what a brilliant use of the blank space on the side of our main admin building a mural of this sort would be.”

Rashford shared an image of the mural with his 4.9 million Twitter followers, with the message: “Wow.”

Highgate Wood has previously honoured other sports figures in murals including Laurie Cunningham, the first English footballer to play for Real Madrid, and Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton.

The new mural for Bukayo Saka off Holloway Road, in Islington, North London. Credit: Big Papa’s Peri Peri

Across North London, off Holloway Road, Islington, there is a new image showcasing Arsenal and England footballer Bukayo Saka.

The 19-year-old was praised for his maturity during England’s Euros run, and also in response to sickening abuse.

The mural shows the star in front of a bright red background, in reference to the colours of Arsenal, with the caption: “Little Chilli Brings Heat.”

The caption is a reference to Saka’s nickname of Little Chilli - given to him by Arsenal teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon striker referred to the young tyro as Little Chilli after he kept scoring in a shooting drill in training.

As a nod to this, the mural is located above local chicken shop Big Papa’s Peri Peri.

The mural was put together as part of Saka’s sponsorship with sportswear brand New Balance.

Saka and Rashford were two of England’s players who received a barrage of racist abuse on social media, following the penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium back in July.

New Manchester United recruit Jadon Sancho was also targeted.

Since then, many across the country have looked to share their support for the footballers.