Marcus Rashford has been articulating his thoughts on his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 shootout.
The Manchester United star was one of three England players to miss a penalty along with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.
Rashford says his form at the end of the season has led to a ‘lack of confidence’ and said that he did not feel right during the run up.
The United striker’s penalty hit the post and bounced wide despite sending goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma the wrong way.
Rashford posted a lengthy message on social media expressing how he feels.
It is heartbreaking to see Rashford so disconsolate and his words show a brave individual.
Nobody would blame Rashford if he stayed silent, especially with much of the abuse he has had to endure since the penalty.
There has been positives to come from it too, with Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay among his United teammates to come out fighting to speak up for him.
Rashford now looks like a player in need of a break. He took a lot of criticism after the Europa League final, which may have contributed to his lack of confidence.
At the Euros he did not start a single game, and this will have made it tough for him in the shootout too, even though as he said, he would back himself to score.
It is interesting to hear him go into the details about his penalty and speak openly about his crisis of confidence. Years ago players would not have been brave enough to discuss their feelings.
Rashford has a good penalty record despite once missing against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. His famous strike against PSG to seal a Champions League comeback win past Gianluigi Buffon was a magical moment.
Rashford did score 21 goals last season and was second in assists only to Bruno Fernandes. He played a big role before his campaign tailed off.
There have been fitness issues plaguing him since October and The Athletic claimed United’s medical team felt he would have been better off not going to the Euros at all.
Rashford wanted to give everything for his country just he does for his club, but now he needs a break. He will get all the support he needs at United, everybody connected with the club is immensely proud of him and knows he will bounce back stronger.
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