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'We love you, Bukayo': Arsenal star Saka deserves praise, not abuse

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Football is a cruel game and 19-year-old Arsenal and England star Bukayo Saka found that out the hard way tonight.

The young Englishman came on as a substitute in the second half of the Euro 2020 final, and he looked fairly lively. Italy took the game to extra time and then to penalties, and it really did look like it could come home.

England scored each of their first two penalties thanks to Harry Kane and Harry Maguire. Italy missed one of theirs, and all the Three Lions had to do was score the rest to lift the European Championships.

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Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Saka stepped up and unfortunately, all three of them missed. That was enough for the Azzurri to get their hands on the title, and it really is heartbreaking to see the three youngsters’ faces, especially Saka, who is still only 19.

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Most fans on social media, irrespective of what club they support, have heaped praise on Saka for stepping up to take one of the most important penalty kicks in the history of English football. He deserves nothing but love for that, but the internet, as we all know, has its bad side.

Sancho, Rashford and Saka are all at risk of being at the end of some vile abuse on social media. All three of them have to be protected by the authorities, especially Saka, 19, who hasn’t faced anything like this in his career yet.

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The Arsenal teenager has had an exceptional tournament. He has been one of England’s best players this summer and he will go on to have a fine career for club and country for years to come – one penalty kick changes nothing.

Chin up, Bukayo! We’re all proud of you.

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