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 teen to remain sturdy following the racist backlash he acquired.
The versatile winger was one in all 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 surroundings.
“I felt very a lot for Bukayo,” he advised 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 duty of a complete nation as a younger participant – respect. Not many gamers would dare to do this.”
Talking final week, Saka mentioned he won’t be damaged by his Euro 2020 remaining penalty miss and the next vile messages as he referred to as on social media bosses to do extra to deal with downside customers.
However former Arsenal playmaker Ozil fears that such abuse won’t ever be utterly eradicated.
“There’ll at all times be individuals who racially abuse and scapegoat individuals of various backgrounds and pores and skin color once they lose,” he mentioned.
“Sadly there’ll at all times 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 sturdy.”
— Bukayo Saka (@BukayoSaka87) July 15, 2021
Saka has featured frequently for Arsenal over the previous two seasons and was used 4 instances 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 laborious for his dream and does all the things he can to realize 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 turn into an important participant.
“He’s actually an important expertise, and I’m positive that there are going to be many extra massive matches for the English nationwide staff for him sooner or later.”