Marcus Rashford’s Manchester mural available to see on Google Street View

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The Marcus Rashford mural will appear on Google Maps as it is honoured for Black History Month.

Those wanting to check out the famous artwork can do so from the comfort of their own homes by taking a trip to Withington, South Manchester, via Google Street View.

Rashford praised the move which allows differences to be celebrated and said he is “happy to see Google taking the lead on this.”

Online visitors can also get up close to artefacts and messages left over the summer and relive the outpouring of public support following the Euro 2020 final.

People took to the street to back the player after the mural was vandalised following England’s defeat to Italy.

Detectives investigated racist abuse sent to England players on social media following the final when black players were trolled.

Rashford said: “I’ve often felt that discrimination stems from a lack of education and a reservation to just ask questions and gain an understanding.

“We too often hush up children when their curiosity emerges in uncomfortable settings but much of the time bias can be countered by that ability to get that curiosity off your chest.

Marcus Rashford was praised for his work on child poverty (PA)
Marcus Rashford was praised for his work on child poverty (PA)

“It’s important that we open up these forums for children particularly, so that moving forward differences can be celebrated and championed, as opposed to singled out negatively and I’m happy to see Google taking the lead on this.”

The mural is now being honoured as part of Google’s Black and British Hub in celebration of the work the England striker achieved in relieving child hunger and standing up against racism in football.

The project is in collaboration with the Manchester Art Gallery, Central Library’s Archives department, the People’s History Museum, the National Football Museum, the University of Manchester, and the Withington Walls project.

Laura Crossley, head of content at the National Football Museum in Manchester, said Rashford has shown “the remarkable impact that footballers can have off the field” over the past 18 months.

She added: “When his mural was vandalised post-Euro 2020, the outpouring of love and support for one of South Manchester’s own was breathtaking.

“It was a testament to Marcus’ passion, courage and determination, a heartfelt thank you for his tireless campaigning on child poverty and free school meals, and a strong message that hate will never win.”

Alongside the new exhibition and in addition to Street View, those attending Tuesday evening’s England vs Hungary game will be able to see relevant questions arise from Google’s campaign titled ‘The More we Learn, The Closer we Get.’

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