Why Jesse Lingard And Marcus Rashford Have Posted The Number '0.012%' On Social Media

After being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 16, Jamie Vardy described that very moment as 'the lowest point' in his life.

Like many others, he became disillusioned with the game and stopped playing before a friend persuaded him to play for Wickersley Youth in Rotherham.

In the next few months, he combined playing for Stocksbridge with back-breaking work in a carbon fibre factory for just £30 a week. Vardy initially struggled in the eighth tier of English football but soon found form.

Image: Stocksbridge Park Steels
Image: Stocksbridge Park Steels

Since his release, the now-Leicester City striker has represented England, broken records and won the Premier League title but for the majority, they will never play at the highest level.

In fact, between the ages of 13 and 16, a monumental 76% of players in the youth system drop out.

To put things into further perspective, only 180 of the 1.5 million players who are playing organised youth football in England at any one time will make it as a Premier League pro.

That's according to Business Insider, who report that there's only a 0.012% success rate of making it as a Premier League professional, something that both Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have both achieved.

Image: Instagram
Image: Instagram

Image: Instagram
Image: Instagram

The pair have received plenty of criticism for their efforts this season, especially with Manchester United's drop in form, but it seems they have made a real statement here with their latest Instagram posts.

Thoughts on the above Instagram posts by Lingard and Rashford?

Let us know in the comments.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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