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Euro 2021: Rashford’s emotional letter: “I never apologize for being who I am or for coming from where I come from”

Euro 2021: Rashford's emotional letter:

The English forward apologizes for having missed a penalty in the final shootout against Italy, but is proud of his origins

Rashford leaves the field after missing the penalty in the final.AP

The dream of Marcus rashford It became a nightmare when he failed his final shootout in the final of the Eurocup, which ended up in the hands of Italy. Since then, the English footballer has been the target of serious racist insults. Almost 24 hours later he published a letter on social networks to apologize for his mistake in the field, but wanted to make it clear that he “never” apologized for who he is or where he comes from.

“I can accept criticism of my performance, My penalty was not good enough, I should have gone in, but I never apologize for who I am and come from where I come from.. I have not felt more pride than wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheering me on before a crowd of tens of thousands of people, “wrote the forward.

“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I feel at this exact moment”, begins the text of the Manchester United player, who admits that he has had a “difficult” season and that perhaps he reached the key moment of the last game of the course “with lack of confidence”.

“Unfortunately, the result was not what I wanted. I felt like I had disappointed my teammates. I felt like I had let everyone down. A penalty was all they asked me to contribute to the team. I can score penalties while I sleep, so why not that one? “, Continues the writing, in which he recognizes that there is no word to describe his state of mind after losing the final of the European Championship in the penalty shoot-out.

“I wish it had turned out differently”

“All I can say is sorry. I wish I had come out differently,” lamented Rashford, who wanted to raise his voice for his teammates after a summer in which he has enjoyed one of the best concentrations of his career, in which the group has built a brotherhood “that is unshakable.”

He added that he always dreamed of days like the one in Sunday’s final and noted that, despite the criticism, the messages received after the defeat have been “positively overwhelming.”

“The communities that have always surrounded me continue to support me. I’m Marcus Rashford, 23 years old. Black man from Withington and Wythenshare, south of Manchester. Thanks for all the nice messages. Come back stronger. We will come back stronger “, concludes the text of the Manchester United international striker.