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During The Ted Lasso Premiere Sudeikis Wears A Shirt That Supports Rashford Sancho And Saka

Ted Lasso knows a thing or two about helping individuals get back on their feet after a setback.

All you have to do sometimes is believe.

For the season two premiere on Thursday, Jason Sudeikis, co-creator and star of the Apple TV comedy, mirrored the titular character’s unwavering optimism, wearing a shirt with the first names of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka on it.

After missing their penalty kicks in the Euro 2020 final, the three players faced racial abuse from supporters.

It was a choice Lasso would be pleased with.

The series, which follows an ex-college football coach from the United States who travels across the Atlantic to try his hand at coaching in the Premier League, was a surprising smash in 2020.

At this year’s Emmys, it received 20 nods for its first season, breaking the record for the most nominations for a freshman comedy show.

Racism in the aftermath of England’s World Cup failure has been denounced across English sports, with players speaking out in support of the trio.

Rashford expressed his gratitude for the support in a statement.

Rashford wrote on Twitter, “The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continued to hold me up.”

“My name is Marcus Rashford, and I’m a black 23-year-old from Withington and Wythenshawe in South Manchester.”

If I have nothing else, I have that,” England captain Harry Kane said, adding, “We don’t want you” and labeling the racist comments “evil.” That’s the kind of teamwork that Ted Lasso would welcome.

While Sudeikis has stated that he shares a lot with his character, it’s refreshing to see that he’s completely correct in this case.

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