Former Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil says he felt very much for Bukayo Saka after the winger missed a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy earlier this month.
Ozil, a former club teammate with Saka, said that not many players would dare taken the penalty.
Recall that Italy defeated England in a penalty shootout to win the Euro 2020 after Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all missed their spot-kicks.
Speaking on the development, Ozil, who now plays for Fenerbahce, said he sent messages to Saka to show his support to the 19-year-old after the incident.
“I felt very much for Bukayo [Saka]. I know from my own experience how it feels to miss a penalty,” Ozil told Sky Sports.
“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.
“There will always be people who racially abuse and scapegoat people of different backgrounds and skin colour when they lose.”
The ex-Germany international added, “Yes, I have [spoken to him]. We all have, I think, spoken to him, sent messages. “