Mesut Ozil says he felt the ache suffered by Bukayo Saka after lacking a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 remaining defeat and has urged the teenager to remain robust following the racist backlash he acquired.
The versatile winger was one among three England gamers to overlook within the shoot-out loss to Italy on July 11, together with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, who have been additionally racially abused on social media.
Gianluigi Donnarumma’s save from Saka’s spot-kick was the decisive second within the match, which completed 1-1 after further time, as England fell to a 3-2 defeat on penalties at Wembley.
Ozil, who performed alongside Saka for 2 seasons at Arsenal earlier than becoming a member of Fenerbahce in January, believes the 19-year-old deserves reward for stepping up and taking a penalty in such a pressurised atmosphere.
“I felt very a lot for Bukayo,” he informed Sky Sports activities Information. “I do know from my very own expertise the way it feels to overlook a penalty.
“In a remaining, because the final one, to tackle the accountability of a whole nation as a younger participant – respect. Not many gamers would dare to try this.”
Talking final week, Saka mentioned he won’t be damaged by his Euro 2020 remaining penalty miss and the following vile messages as he known as on social media bosses to do extra to sort out drawback customers.
However former Arsenal playmaker Ozil fears that such abuse won’t ever be utterly eradicated.
“There’ll all the time be individuals who racially abuse and scapegoat folks of various backgrounds and pores and skin color after they lose,” he mentioned.
“Sadly there’ll all the time be a small a part of our group that racially insults and threatens gamers. We must always focus far more on the optimistic messages that maintain gamers robust.”
— Bukayo Saka (@BukayoSaka87) July 15, 2021
Saka has featured recurrently for Arsenal over the previous two seasons and was used 4 occasions for runners-up England at Euro 2020, beginning three matches.
“Bukayo is a modest younger participant,” Ozil added. “I’ve gotten to know him as a really decided younger man who works very exhausting for his dream and does every little thing he can to attain it.
“Bukayo is blessed with a expertise that not many have. If he stays as humble and decided as he already is, I’m 100 per cent satisfied that he has an important future forward of him and might grow to be an important participant.
“He’s actually an important expertise, and I’m positive that there are going to be many extra large matches for the English nationwide workforce for him sooner or later.”