Winger Bukayo Saka thanked his England and Arsenal managers, as well as family and friends, for helping him overcome his penalty shoot-out miss in the Euro 2020 final and bounce back to score twice in the opening game of his country’s World Cup against Iran on Monday.
Saka, speaking after England’s 6-2 win, said the memory of missing the shootout that saw Italy win the Euro title last year will stay with him forever.
“But I’m so blessed and so grateful to have a coaching staff not only… (manager) Gareth (Southgate) and the England team, but also from Arsenal, and my friends and family hugged me… and helped get me back to a good place,” he said.
“Whenever I get the chance to wear an England shirt, I always give 110 per cent and do my best to make the nation proud.”
Saka and England teammates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were targeted for online abuse after missing kicks from the penalty mark in the penalty shootout loss to Italy at Wembley.