Jadon Sancho has spoken out after receiving online abuse for his penalty shoot-out miss in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final, with the England winger insisting that “hate will never win”.
The 21-year-old, who is expected to move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund this summer, was targeted on social media along with Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka in the wake of the defeat to Italy at Wembley.
“I’m not going [to] pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse that me and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but sadly it’s nothing new,” Sancho wrote in a post shared on his official Instagram and Twitter accounts.
“As a society, we need to do better and hold these people accountable,” Sancho added. “Hate will never win. To all the young people who have received similar abuse, hold your heads up high and keep chasing the dream.”
Sancho’s spot-kick was saved by Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, as was Saka’s, while Rashford hit the post as England lost the penalty shootout 3-2 following a 1-1 draw at Wembley. Both Sancho and Rashford were brought on by manager Gareth Southgate near the end of extra time.
“I was ready and confident to take it,” Sancho said. “These are the moments you dream of as a kid, it is why I play football. These are the pressured situations you want to be under as a footballer. I’ve scored penalties before at club level, I’ve practised them countless times for both club and country. I picked my corner, but it just wasn’t meant to be this time.”
Sancho added that the miss was “the worst feeling I’ve felt in my career,” but ended on an upbeat note. “I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people,” he added.
“I want to say a massive thank you for all the positive messages and love and support that far outweighed the negative. It’s been an honour as always representing England and wearing the Three Lions shirt, and I have no doubt we’ll be back even stronger! Stay safe and see you soon.”