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Jadon Sancho pays emotional tribute to Bukayo Saka after overcoming England penalty trauma

Jadon Sancho pays emotional tribute to Bukayo Saka after overcoming England penalty trauma

The Arsenal attacker missed from the spot in the Euro 2020 final vs Italy but made no mistake against Switzerland.

England booked their place in the Euro 2024 semi-final after a penalty shootout victory over Switzerland and Bukayo Saka overcame his Euro 2020 final demons to slot home from the spot.

The Three Lions were level with the Swiss after extra-time, with Saka equalising not long after Breel Embolo had put Switzerland ahead.

The game ended 1-1 after more than 120 minutes of football, meaning the clash was decided with a penalty shootout.

So often an Achilles heel for England, Gareth Southgate's side slotted home all five of their spot kicks to book a place in the competition's semi-final stage against the Netherlands on Wednesday evening.

Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold all scored to secure a 5-3 victory, with Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji having his spot kick saved by Jordan Pickford.

After the Netherlands came from 1-0 down to beat Turkey in their quarter-final, England will take on Ronald Koeman's side on Wednesday evening, with France taking on Spain in the other semi-final.

Saka picked up the player of the match award after his goal brought England back on level terms and scoring from the penalty spot, and was the most dangerous attacking threat throughout the game for Southgate's side.

Bukayo Saka was player of the match for England against Switzerland. (
Getty)

Scoring from the penalty spot and contributing to a victory was a big moment for Saka, as things ended so differently for the Arsenal man at Euro 2020.

The attacker was one of three England players to see their penalties missed or saved against Italy in the final at Wembley in 2021, as the Three Lions missed the chance to win their first major piece of silverware since the World Cup in 1966.

Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were the other two players who failed to convert from the spot that evening.

Neither Rashford nor Sancho were selected by Southgate for this summer's tournament, with other players in the attacking areas of the pitch staking a claim for a place in the squad.

But Sancho was quick to take to Instagram to congratulate Saka for overcoming his penalty demons, and believes the Arsenal man did it for all three players who failed to score three years ago against Italy.

He wrote: "I'm so proud of this guy! You did it for it for me and Marcus brother!"

Featured Image Credit: Getty/Instagram

Topics: England, Bukayo Saka, Euro 2024, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford