Paul Pogba has added his backing for England’s unfortunate trio of players who missed penalties.
Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford, incoming star Jadon Sancho, and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka each missed spot kicks.
Pogba has spoken out to say he is ‘proud’ of all three England players in an passionate Instagram post to show his support.
The United midfielder said all three players should hold their heads high.
The trio have been subject of some deplorable racist abuse on social media, but there have also been plenty of strong voices speaking out to condemn it.
Scott McTominay lashed out at the ‘horrendous’ abuse aimed at the players earlier and urged them to keep their heads up.
Nicky Butt and Rio Ferdinand had also added their support towards the England trio.
Pogba had earlier congratulated Italy on their win and vowed that France would ‘be back’.
France were also defeated on penalties against Switzerland with Kylian Mbappe missing the decisive spot kick.
Pogba’s message will be gratefully received by all of the England trio.
It’s still unclear whether Pogba will link up with Sancho at United or whether he will push for a move, with his contract running out.
If the pair do cross paths, even briefly in pre-season – or more permanently, Pogba will be doing his utmost to ensure Sancho’s spirits are high and that he feels welcome in Manchester.
Manchester supports Rashford
David de Gea also spoke out to support Marcus Rashford after the penalty miss.
It was also encouraging to see members of the public decorate the Rashford wall mural in Withington with hearts and positive messages, after it had been defaced overnight.
Rashford will bounce back from this, as will Sancho and Saka. The shootout was a crushing blow, but it is just one chapter in their stories, with their whole futures ahead of them.
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