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Marcus Rashford Speaks Out After Missing Penalty In Euro 2020 Final

Kylian Mbappé has reportedly contacted Marcus Rashford to express his sympathy after he missed a penalty kick in the Euro 2020 final.

Rashford was one of three Lions stars who couldn't find a goal in Wembley's exhibition game against Italy on Sunday because Gareth Southgate's Three Lions didn't finish at the last hurdle.

This summer, Mbappé also suffered heartbreak from a 2020 European Cup penalty because he missed France's decisive penalty in the last 16 games against Switzerland last month. In the only failed effort on the penalty shootout, he was stopped by the Paris Saint-Germain forward Yann Sommer.

According to The Athletic report, after the Wembley final, Mbappé sent a message to Rashford to provide support and advice to the Manchester United striker.

Rashford played in the last minute of overtime and shot from an angle, but his effort cut into a goal post, and Sancho and Bukayo Saka also shot wide from 12 yards. The trio was condemned by some supporters after the final.

The FA, Gareth Southgate,and Harry Kane condemned this along with other voices in football on Monday. Rashford mural in Greater Manchester was defaced within a few hours after the final, but the locals responded by covering the graffiti with messages supporting the striker.

On Monday night, the 23-year-old forward apologized to England fans for his penalty mistake in an emotional Instagram post and revealed that the positive actions of Greater Manchester brought him to tears.

'I don't even know how to put into words how I'm feeling at this exact time. I've had a difficult season 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. 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 over in my head — there's probably not a word to describe how it feels. Final. Fifty-five years. One penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone differently.

'Whilst I continue to say sorry, I want to shout out my teammates.A brotherhood has been built and that is unbreakable. Your success is my success. Your failures are mine.'

The tone of the apology is similar to the tone of Mbappé's post on social media after his disappointment with the Swiss penalty, with the 22-year-old claiming that he would not be able to sleep after the match.

Very difficult to turn the page,' the French forward wrote. 'The sadness is immense after this elimination, we could not reach our goal.

I'm sorry for this penalty. I wanted to help the team but failed. Finding sleep will be difficult but unfortunately it is the ups and downs of this sport that I love so much.

'I know you fans have been disappointed, but I still want to thank you for your support and for always believing in us.

'The most important thing will be to get up even stronger for the next upcoming deadlines. Congratulations and good luck to Switzerland.'

Rashford club manager Solskjaer revealed that Rashford will continue to voluntarily take free throws for the Red Devils this season, despite his penalty turnovers. Solskjaer told Manchester United's media team: 'You know the thing is when you step up to take a penalty, I think you've already won.

'You've taken on the responsibility and I'm sure many of the players are hoping I don't want to take a penalty. So I think it's a great character trait to step up and say I will deal with it, [and] the consequences.

'You might be the hero or the one who misses. That's football. You learn from it and definitely come back stronger.

'I've not seen many people, at this club anyway, who lay down and say I'll not take a penalty anymore. I know Marcus is going to put his hand up and say he wants to take one for us.'

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