England striker Marcus Rashford has mentioned sorry for his penalty miss within the Euro 2020 shootout defeat by Italy within the final at Wembley on Sunday however added he “will never apologise for who I am” after being amongst three gamers to endure racist abuse.
Substitutes Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed spot kicks within the 3-2 shootout loss and had been focused on social media whereas a mural in Rashford’s house city of Withington was defaced earlier than it was lined in messages of help.
The racist abuse prompted a police investigation and huge condemnation from England’s captain, supervisor, royalty, spiritual leaders and politicians.”I can take critique of my efficiency all day lengthy, my penalty was not ok, it ought to have gone in however I’ll by no means apologise for who I’m and the place I got here from,” the 23-year-old Manchester United ahead wrote on Twitter.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) July 12, 2021
“I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of 10s of thousands.”Rashford, who took England’s third penalty after captain Harry Kane and defender Harry Maguire had scored, staggered his run up and, although he despatched Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma the unsuitable method, scuffed his spot kick in opposition to the submit.
“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time,” he added.”I’ve had a troublesome season, I believe that’s been clear for everybody to see and I in all probability went into that final with a insecurity.”I’ve all the time backed myself for a penalty however one thing didn’t really feel fairly proper.
During the lengthy run-up, I used to be saving myself a little bit of time and, sadly, the end result was not what I wished.”I felt as if I let my staff mates down. I felt as if I’d let everybody down.”A penalty was all I’d been requested to contribute for the staff.
I can rating penalties in my sleep so why not that one? It’s been taking part in in my head time and again since I struck the ball and there’s in all probability not a phrase to explain the way it feels.”England had been bidding for their first main trophy since they lifted the World Cup at Wembley in 1966 however misplaced within the shootout after the match completed 1-1 following further time.”Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I want it had gone in a different way. Whilst I proceed to apologize I wish to shout out my staff mates. This summer season has been the most effective camps I’ve skilled and also you’ve all performed a task in that.”