Marcus Rashford admits he went into the ultimate of Euro 2020, the place he missed a penalty within the nail-biting shootout, missing confidence.
The 23-year-old was introduced on within the ultimate moments of extra-time in opposition to Italy with a view to taking a penalty.
After Harry Kane and Harry Maguire transformed their spot-kicks, Rasfhrod stepped up however couldn’t convert as his shot struck the submit.
Each Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka had their efforts saved as England suffered Wembley heartache with a 3-2 defeat within the shootout.
In a press release on his social media, England ahead Rashford defined what was going by his head as he took the penalty, whereas additionally paying tribute to his teammates.
“I don’t even know the place to begin and I don’t even know easy methods to put into phrases how I’m feeling at this precise time,” Rashford stated.
“I’ve had a troublesome season, I feel that’s clear for everybody to see and I most likely went into that ultimate with a insecurity.
“I’ve at all times backed myself for a penalty however one thing didn’t really feel fairly proper. Throughout the long term up I used to be saving myself a little bit of time and sadly the consequence was not what I wished.
“I felt as if I let my teammates down. I felt as if I had let everybody down. A penalty was all I’d been requested to contribute for the group. I can rating penalties in my sleep so why not that one? It’s been enjoying in my head time and again since I struck the ball and there’s most likely not a phrase to fairly describe the way it feels.
“Remaining. 55 years. One penalty. Historical past. All I can say is sorry. I want it had of [sic] gone otherwise.
“While I proceed to ask for forgiveness I wish to shoutout my teammates. This summer season has been among the finest camps I’ve skilled and also you’ve all performed a job in that. A brotherhood has been constructed that’s unbreakable, your success is my success, your failures are mine.”
Many have rallied round Rashford, Sancho and Saka, nonetheless, the trio have been topic to vile racist abuse on-line shortly after the conclusion of the match.
A mural of Rashford in Withington, Manchester, was defaced however most of the residents have come collectively to switch the graffiti with messages of affection and assist.
“I’ve grown right into a sport the place I anticipate to learn issues about myself, whether or not it’s the color of my pores and skin, the place I grew up, or, most lately the place I determine to spend my time without work the pitch,” he added.
“I can take critique of my efficiency all day lengthy, my penalty was not adequate. It ought to have gone in however I’ll by no means apologise for who I’m or the place I got here from.
“I’ve felt no prouder second than sporting these three lions on my chest and seeing my household cheer me on in entrance of tens of 1000’s. I’ve dreamt of days like this.
“The messages I’ve acquired have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears. The communities that at all times wrapped their arms round me proceed to carry me up.
“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, south Manchester. If I’ve nothing else I’ve that. For all the type messages, thanks. I’ll be again stronger. We’ll be again stronger.”