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Ozil sends Saka strong message of support over England penalty miss

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The Gunners starlet was one of the three players who recieved criticism and suffered abuse in the aftermath of England’s Euro 2020 loss.

Mesut Ozil brands Bukayo Saka as a “great talent” in a strong message of support to him over his penalty miss for England at Euro 2020.

19-year-old Saka was given the monumental and herculean task of scoring the decisive fifth spot-kick for England as they found themselves in a do-or-die situation against Italy earlier this summer.

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho had squandered their chances, leaving the responsibility of keeping their nation’s hopes of glory alive on their young teammate.

Saka’s decisive miss triggered some ignorant fans, who resolved to racially abuse him online in spite of his fine performances in the tournament beforehand.

“I felt very much for Bukayo,” Ozil told Sky Sports. “I know from my own experience how it feels to miss a penalty.

“In a final, as the last one, to take on the responsibility of an entire nation as a young player – respect. Not many players would dare to do that.

“Bukayo is a modest young player. I have gotten to know him as a very determined young man who works very hard for his dream and does everything he can to achieve it.

“Bukayo is blessed with a talent that not many have.

“If he remains as humble and determined as he already is, I am 100 per cent convinced that he has a great future ahead of him and can become a great player.

“He’s really a great talent, and I’m sure that there are going to be many more big matches for the English national team for him in the future.”