Former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has thrown his support behind Bukayo Ska following his Euro 200 final penalty miss.
The 19-year-old missed the decisive penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final shootout loss to Italy and was subjected to racist abuse on social media following the game but while there has been a lot of vile against the player, Ozil believes his former teammate will come good.
“I felt very much for Bukayo. 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 blessed with a talent that not many have. If he remains as humble and determined as he already is, I am a hundred percent convinced that he has a great future ahead of him and can become a great player.
“He’s really 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. 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,” Ozil is quoted by Metro Sports.
The former German international further advised Saka and Manchester United duo of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho after both missed their spot-kicks in the game.
“Unfortunately there will always be a small part of our community that racially insults and threatens players. We should focus much more on the positive messages that keep players strong,” he added.