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Bukayo Saka: The A * student who “was never afraid to get up and be counted” | UK News

There were moving scenes after England lost in the Euro 2020 final as a tearful Bukayo Saka was consoled on the pitch by manager Gareth Southgate.

The teenager, who had just missed the decisive penalty in the shootout with Italy, was not even born when south gate suffered the same heartache as a Euro 96 player.

As the dust settles after England’s defeat in their first grand finale in 55 years, questions were asked about the lasting impact on Saka, which was submitted to horrible racial abuse on social media after the match.

Saka's penalty saved by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma
Saka’s penalty was saved by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma
England players comfort their team-mate Bukayo Saka after he fails to score a penalty.  Photo: AP
The English players comfort their teammate Saka after his missed penalty. Photo: AP

But those who have known the 19-year-old since he was a young boy believe he has “the resilience and the strength” to overcome his disappointment from the penalty spot.

Greenford High School in Ealing, west London, where Saka earned four A * and three A’s in his GCSEs, posted a social media post after his shot failure, which read: ‘This won’t define you Bukayo. “

Deputy Principal Mark Harvey told Sky News: “Bukayo represented the nation superbly throughout the tournament. He played with a fearless confidence that the students at the school found admirable.

“Bukayo is a role model for any aspiring athlete as he has a superb work ethic and his character shone throughout the process.”

He added: “I am convinced that Bukayo has the resilience and the strength of his character to overcome the disappointment he must be feeling.

“As a school we are immensely proud of Bukayo and the England team.”

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