Arsenal attacker, Bukayo Saka, has broken his silence since his penalty shootout final in the final of Euro 2020.
Saka saw his penalty saved by Gigio Donnarumma – which crowned Italy as Euro 2020 winners on Sunday.
In a statement posted online, Saka declared: “There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was with the result and my penalty.
“I really believed we would win this for you. I’m sorry that we couldn’t bring it home for you this year, but I promise we will give everything we’ve got to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win.
“My reaction post-match said it all, I was hurting so much and I felt like I’d let you all and my England family down, but I can promise you this… I will not let that moment or the negativity that I’ve received that week break me.”
Saka also wrote: “I knew instantly the type of hate that I was about to receive, that is a sad reality.
“There is no place for racism or hate of any kind in football or in any area of society and to the majority of people coming together to call out the people sending these messages, by taking action and reporting these comments to the police and by driving out the hate by being kind to one another, we will win.”