Marcus Rashford finally breaks silence with emotional message after 2020 Euro final disaster

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Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has admitted he had very low confidence at the 2020 Euro tournament.

Addressing his fans on social media, Rashford explained that his disappointing 2022/21 season with Man United did not help his self-belief ahead of the international tournament with the Three Lions.

While “Rashy” only made a few substitute appearances, the worst moment came in the final after he was put on late in extra time to take a penalty.

The 23-year-old stepped up to miss one of three England misses that handed Italy the title.

“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time,” Rashford said in his statement.

“I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s been 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 feel quite right. 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 though I had let my teammates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down. A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can 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 it feels. Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry.

“I wish it had of gone differently. Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shout out my teammates. This summer has been one of the best camps I’ve 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 be 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 the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears. The communities that always 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 strong. We’ll be back stronger,” the message concluded.

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