Date: 20th March 2017 at 11:58am
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Nike has today launched the new England away kit, which will debut against Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday night (19:45).

The kit has been launched by an essay by Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford for The Players’ Tribune, which provides an honest look at Marcus’ relationship with the England team and the shirt – from the first time he was given a kit, to the day he found out he would be making his England debut, to his goal against Australia, subsequent Euro 2016 disappointment, and the influence that Wayne Rooney has had throughout his footballing life.

This morning, the 19-year-old took to Instagram to post an excerpt from his essay ahead of Wednesday’s international friendly.

When we were knocked out by Iceland at the Euros, it was a massive disappointment. We were all sitting around in the dressing room after the match, not sure what to think. But then Wayne gets up. And he says one thing. “Keep your head up. We’ve got a lot to fight for in the future. Look forward” But he says it to each individual person. One by one, he goes up to us and looks us in the eye. So that’s where we are now. Our heads are up and we’re fighting for the future. I know I’m young — the whole squad is quite young — but we want to make history in the time we’ve got. We know that when people look back on our team, it’s the trophies people are going to judge us on. Read my full story on @playerstribune or click the link in my bio.

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It read, “When we were knocked out by Iceland at the Euros, it was a massive disappointment.

“We were all sitting around in the dressing room after the match, not sure what to think. But then Wayne [Rooney] gets up. And he says one thing. “Keep your head up. We’ve got a lot to fight for in the future. Look forward”.

“But he says it to each individual person. One by one, he goes up to us and looks us in the eye.

“So that’s where we are now. Our heads are up and we’re fighting for the future. I know I’m young — the whole squad is quite young — but we want to make history in the time we’ve got.

“We know that when people look back on our team, it’s the trophies people are going to judge us on.”

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions visit Germany on Wednesday night, before hosting Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

*(Photo credit: Lottie Bea Spencer for Nike)*

 
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