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Rashford responds to racism: I will never apologize for who I am and I will come back stronger

Marcus Rashford, the star of the England national team, issued a statement expressing his deep annoyance with the racist messages that targeted him during the past hours, most notably those that targeted him and his colleagues Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who missed the penalty kicks in the Euro 2020 final.

International reports have monitored England players being subjected to widespread racist abuse, after they missed penalty kicks in the Euro 2020 final against Italy and lost the title at Wembley Stadium in the capital, London.

The England coach, Gareth Southgate, involved the players Rashford and Sancho, in the last minutes of the second extra period, with the aim of executing the penalty shootout, also relying on the other substitute player Saka, but the three missed penalty kicks.

After failing to score a penalty shootout, the three black-skinned players faced attacks of widespread racial abuse on social media.

Marcus Rashford expressed his regret for missing the penalty kick in the final, and wrote on his official account on Twitter, a statement in which he said: "I don't even know where to start and I don't know how to put into words what I feel at this exact time."

"I've had a tough season, I think that's clear to everyone and I probably went to the final with no confidence," Rashford added. "I always backed myself up for a penalty but something wasn't good."

He continued: "During the long race I was saving myself some time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted, I felt as if I disappointed my teammates, I felt as if I failed everyone."

 "The penalty kick was all I was asked to contribute to the team. I can score penalties in my sleep, so why not do it? He's been playing in my head over and over since I hit the ball and there's probably no word to describe exactly how it feels."

And he added: "The final, 55 years, one penalty, history, all I can say is sorry, I wish it was different."

"While I'm still saying sorry, I want to shout out to my teammates, this summer has one of the best camps I've ever had and you've all played a part in that," he said.

He added: "An unbreakable brotherhood has been built... your success is my success, your failure is my failure."

He continued: “I grew up in a sport where I expect to read things written about myself whether it be by the color of my skin, where I have been raised, or, more recently, how I have decided to spend my time off the field. Good enough, I should have gone in, but I will never apologize for who I am and where I come from."

He continued, "I have never felt more proud of wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheering for me in a crowd of tens of thousands."

He concluded: "I dreamed of days like these. The messages I received today were positively overwhelming and seeing their response in Withington I was on the verge of tears, the communities I've always held their arms around me continue to lift me up, I'm Marcus Rashford, 23, a black man from Withington and Wythenshaw, South Manchester. If I don't have anything else I have that, for all the nice messages, thank you. I'll come back stronger. We'll come back stronger."