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Mbappe’s private message to Rashford after Euro 2020 penalty heartache

Kylian Mbappe reportedly sent Marcus Rashford a private message of encouragement after his Euro 2020 penalty heartache.

The two young forwards both suffered agony at the tournament with Mbappe missing the decisive spot-kick as World Cup winners France suffered a shock exit against Switzerland in the last 16.

Rashford was one of three England stars to miss from the spot in their shootout defeat to Italy in the final leaving the Manchester United star heartbroken.

But Paris Saint-Germain ace Mbappe was amongst the first to get in touch, according to The Athletic.

It is claimed he offered ‘empathy’ to Rashford, touching on his own penalty miss and urging him to stay positive in the aftermath.

Kylian Mbappe missed France’s decisive penalty in their Euro 2020 exit

Rashford, plus team-mates Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, endured racist abuse on social media in the aftermath of their misses.

But many fans have since rallied around the pair, and Rashford admitted being left emotional by the heartwarming response he has received from most quarters as he posted a lengthy statement on social media.

“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time,” he wrote.

“I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence.

“I’ve always backed myself for a penalty but something didn’t quite feel right.

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“During the long run up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted.

“I felt as thought I had let my teammates down. I felt as though I had let everyone down.

“A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep so why not that one?

“It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how this feels.

“Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had of gone differently.

Rashford suffered penalty shoot-out agony against Italy at Wembley
Rashford suffered penalty shoot-out agony against Italy at Wembley

“Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shoutout my teammates.

“This summer has ben one of the best camps I’ve ever experienced and you’ve all played a role in that.

“A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable. Your success is my success. Your failures are mine.

“I’ve grown into a sport where I expect to read things written about myself. Whether it b the colour of my skin, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I decide to spend my time off the pitch.

“I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.

“I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of 10s of thousands.

“I dreamt of days like this. The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing their response in Withington had em on the verge of tears.

“The communities that always had me wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up.

“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23 year old, black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that.

“For all the kind messages, thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.”




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