The nine-year-old boy who wrote to Marcus Rashford criticises Boris Johnson

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15 Jul 2021, 15:06

Earlier this week, young football fan Dexter Rosier sent an emotional letter to Marcus Rashford following the disgusting racist abuse the England footballer received online after missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final. In the letter, which went viral, he told the Manchester United player that he “will always be my hero.” Now, the young lad has put pen to paper again, this time writing to Boris Johnson.

Nine-year-old Dexter’s lovely letter to Marcus Rashford caused GMB presenters Susanna Reid and Ranvir Singh to become emotional on air when reading it, and he was invited onto the show with his mum on Wednesday (14th July).

There, Dexter read out his new letter, which calls on the Prime Minister to take more action against racism.

In his message to Boris Johnson, the young football fan said, “I, Dexter Rosier, do not think you are doing enough about racial abuse. Personally, I think racial abuse online should lead to many people being banned from social media.’ 

Dexter continued, “If it’s happening face to face it should lead to warning of prison or other consequences.

Dexter Rosier, aged nine”

He received a round of applause from Susanna, Ranvir and fellow host Richard Madeley.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who was also on GMB this morning, responded directly to Dexter's letter to Boris Johnson. He said, “The Prime Minister absolutely is working flat out to defeat racism in this country,” but that “changing the law in this country takes a long time to do.” He added that they are “on the case,” and called for social media companies to do more.

During his time on the show, Dexter said he fancied becoming Prime Minister one day, and also revealed that he had written letters of support for Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who had their penalties saved at Wembley on Sunday night. 

To Sancho, he said, “My letter to Marcus went everywhere but it’s important you know that you’re also a hero. Who cares that you missed because it was still on target? If you hadn’t tried, we wouldn’t be anywhere so don’t feel down, you tried, everyone tried.” 

To Arsenal youngster Saka, he wrote, “From Arsenal to England, what a star footballer you are. For a 19-year-old you have skill, power, strength and courage. I thought you were extremely brave to take the deciding penalty and I really admire that.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.