The loyal fiancée who's been by Marcus Rashford's side since he was 15

The glamorous fiancée who’s been by Marcus Rashford’s side since he was 15: England player’s childhood sweetheart Lucia Loi ‘offers him stability and assurance’ as she cheers him on at the World Cup

  • England’s Marcus Rashford, 25, is supported by his glamorous fiancée Lucia Loi
  • The couple have been dating since they were pupils at Ashton on Mersey school
  • They became engaged in May 2022 on a postseason getaway in California 
  • READ: Fans hail the return to form of Rashford after his brace against Wales 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

He dedicated his two goals against Wales last night to his friend, Garfield Hayward, who died two days before England’s winning game after a long battle with cancer.

And as Marcus Rashford, 25, goes through the emotional ordeal, he will no doubt be supported by his glamorous fiancée Lucia Loi, who has been by his side since he was 15 years old.

The couple – having been dating since they were pupils at Ashton on Mersey school in Greater Manchester – became engaged in May 2022 on a postseason getaway in California.

Lucia, 25, ‘has been a big part of Marcus’ life… offering stability, a sense of belonging and assurance that can be rare to find,’ a source told The Sun following their engagement.

Marcus Rashford is supported by his glamorous fiancée Lucia Loi (pictured), who has been by his side since he was 15 years old


The couple – having been dating since they were pupils at Ashton on Mersey school in Greater Manchester – became engaged in May 2022 on a postseason getaway in California

Marcus popped the question to his significant other on a romantic trip to Hollywood in May. He confirmed the news on Instagram, posting an image of the pair embracing as they stood atop a bed of white roses in front of a heart-shaped archway

The couple packed on the PDA by locking lips on Tuesday night after England’s 3-0 victory over Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

She has been seen supporting Marcus at football games over the years, including during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and has been seen in the stands at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The couple packed on the PDA by locking lips on Tuesday night after England’s 3-0 victory over Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Showing her support, Lucia donned a white football shirt with her beau’s name and number on the back with a pair of blue jeans.

Lucia, who worked as an account executive for Manchester firm Sugar PR, is thought to have graduated in Advertising and Brand Management with first-class honours.

Say cheese: Marcus and Lucia posed for a selfie after the game in Qatar on Tuesday evening 

Supporting: The England striker was all smiles after the win as he joined his high school sweetheart in the stands following the match

A LinkedIn page under her name says she attended Manchester University from 2014-2017.

Marcus popped the question to his significant other at a lavish villa in Hollywood after they shared a meal at celebrity seafood restaurant Catch LA while on a romantic trip in May.

He confirmed the news on Instagram, posting an image of the pair embracing as they stood atop a bed of white roses in front of a heart-shaped archway.

‘It was extremely romantic. They celebrated afterwards with a group of close friends – including his United teammate Jesse Lingard,’ a source told The Sun.

Another source said: ‘All involved are thrilled at the recent news of the engagement,’ and spoke of Lucia’s influence on the Premier League star, who has received plaudits for his charitable work off the field.

Mirror image: Taking to Instagram earlier this year, Lucia shared an array of snaps of herself and the sportsman taken throughout the year so far, captioning her post with the number ’22’

Tropical paradise: The couple, who met when they were pupils at Ashton on Mersey school in Greater Manchester, posed on jet skis with a rainbow in the background

The high school sweethearts had been together for eight years when difficulties associated with the Covid pandemic triggered a split. But the pair confirmed they had reunited in January of this year.

Previously Rashford’s fiancée has given fans an intimate look at her life with the footballer after he popped the question. 

Taking to Instagram earlier this year, she shared an array of snaps of herself and the sportsman taken throughout the year so far, captioning her post with the number ’22’.

The couple could be seen looking out across Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills, with a shirtless Marcus showing off his abundant body art.

Elsewhere, Lucia posed with a drink as she sat on a private jet, while in another they smiled for the camera alongside a white supercar.

Lucia, 25, ‘has been a big part of Marcus’ life… offering stability, a sense of belonging and assurance that can be rare to find,’ a source told The Sun following their engagement 

A third image saw the pair posing next to one another on jet skis, while one other caught the moment they snapped a photo with their pals on the red carpet of the premiere for the movie Rise.

Yesterday, Marcus revealed the emotional reasoning behind the celebration for his first goal in England’s victory over Wales.

It was a memorable night for the Manchester United forward who scored twice to ensure England took top spot in Group B and advance to the last-16.

After scoring his first goal, Marcus dropped to his knees and pointed to the sky in what was a poignant celebration for the man-of-the-match’s friend, Garfield Hayward, who died two days before the game after a long battle with cancer. 

After celebrating with his team-mates he dropped to his knees and pointed towards the sky

Rashford dedicated the goal to a friend who has recently died after a long battle with cancer

England manager Gareth Southgate embraces Rashford as the pair leave the pitch at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

During his post-match interview, he said: ‘Unfortunately I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He’s had quite a long battle with cancer, so I’m pleased I managed to score for him.

‘He’s always been a big supporter of mine. He was just a great person and I’m pleased he came into my life, really.’

England squad in full

Goalkeepers

JORDAN PICKFORD (Club: Everton, Age: 28, Caps: 45, Goals: 0)

NICK POPE (Newcastle, 30, 10, 0)

AARON RAMSDALE (Arsenal, 24, 3, 0)

Defenders

KYLE WALKER (Manchester City, 32, 70, 0)

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD (Liverpool, 24, 17, 1)

KIERAN TRIPPIER (Newcastle, 32, 37, 1)

BEN WHITE (Arsenal, 25, 4, 0)

CONOR COADY (Everton – on loan from Wolves, 29, 10, 1)

HARRY MAGUIRE (Manchester United, 29, 48, 7)

JOHN STONES (Manchester City, 28, 59, 3)

ERIC DIER (Tottenham, 28, 47, 3)

LUKE SHAW (Manchester United, 27, 23, 3)

Midfielders

DECLAN RICE (West Ham, 23, 34, 2)

JUDE BELLINGHAM (Borussia Dortmund, 19, 17, 0)

CONOR GALLAGHER (Chelsea, 22, 4, 0)

KALVIN PHILLIPS (Manchester City, 26, 23, 0)

JORDAN HENDERSON (Liverpool, 32, 70, 2)

MASON MOUNT (Chelsea, 23, 32, 5)

JAMES MADDISON (Leicester, 25, 1, 0)

Forwards

HARRY KANE (Tottenham, 29, 75, 51)

RAHEEM STERLING (Chelsea, 27, 79, 19)

JACK GREALISH (Manchester City, 27, 24, 1)

PHIL FODEN (Manchester City, 22, 18, 2)

BUKAYO SAKA (Arsenal, 21, 20, 4)

MARCUS RASHFORD (Manchester United, 25, 46, 12)

CALLUM WILSON (Newcastle, 30, 4, 1)

 

Marcus was brought into the starting eleven for the first time in Qatar and has given Gareth Southgate a selection headache going into their last-16 clash with Senegal on Sunday.

‘It’s been a challenge for him,’ said the England manager, who was unaware that Marcus’ friend had died in the build-up to the game.

‘I went and saw him in the summer, had a long chat with him and he had some clear ideas on things that he felt he needed to think about and to do.

‘He could have had a hat-trick, really, with the chance in the first half and then the one at the near post towards the end. But great for him and because it’s great for him it’s great for us.’

After a quiet opening half, England stepped up a gear in the second with Marcus scoring a stunning free-kick to give the Three Lions the lead.

Man City star Phil Foden doubled the lead before Marcus added a third for the Three Lions – having also scored as a substitute in the 6-2 victory over Iran. 

Marcus took to Twitter after the game to post his second goal celebration, as he jumped for joy, surrounded by his England teammates, alongside the captain: ‘Last 16 here we come.’

The 25-year-old after the game told the BBC: ‘It’s obviously a great feeling. We were disappointed as a team after the last game, we could have played a lot better.  ‘The only way to bounce back is to play better in your next game.

‘Moments like this, this is what I play football for. I am really happy today to be going into the next round of the tournament, because I have massive ambition for this team and I think we can go a lot further.’

Speaking of his free-kick goal which opened the scoring and eventually sparked England’s victory, Rashford said: ‘I fancied one in the first half, but the one in the second was in a better position.  Then it’s being calm and executing what you do in training.’

After the game the Three Lions stars – who have a day off in Qatar today – mingled with family and friends in the stands. 

Beaming model Sasha Attwood reunited with boyfriend Jack Grealish while captain Harry Kane – who is yet to score at this tournament – and his wife Katie were spotted sharing a sweet catch up pitch side, and Luke Shaw had a kiss planted on him by his long-term partner Anouska Santos.

Mason Mount was also delighted to get up to the stands after the match to greet his family, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and his partner Megan Davison got together for a catch up.

After the game Marcus celebrated his two goals by having a kiss with his fiancée Lucia Loi while Kalvin Phillips had a warm embrace with girlfriend Ashleigh Behan among the crowds.

Another WAG present at the match was Aaron Ramsdale’s fiancée Georgina Irwin who also gave her partner a sweet smooch following the clash.

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