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Bukayo Saka knew he could banish penalty ghosts at Euro 2024

Bukayo Saka knew he could banish penalty ghosts at Euro 2024

Bukayo Saka believed that he would avenge his penalty demons at Euro 2024.

The forward converted from 12 yards as England beat Switzerland in a shootout to reach the semi-finals as he made amends for missing in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy and says he that he embraced the challenge of stepping up for his country again.

Saka said: "I think for me it's something I embrace.

"You can fail once but you have a choice whether you put yourself in that position again or not. I'm a guy who is going to put myself in that position. I believed in myself.

"When I saw the ball hit the net, I was a very happy man.

"I'm not going to be focusing on the past. That's done. I can only focus on now and taking a penalty.

"Of course I know there's a lot of nervous people watching, my family included, and in the crowd. But I kept my cool and I scored."

Saka was confident that England would prevail on penalties due to the skill of their takers and is now looking ahead to two more games before the Three Lions "can change our lives" by winning the continental trophy.

The Arsenal star said: "For myself, I believe we have some of the best takers in the Premier League and the world.

"We talked about it before that if it did go to penalties, we would be pretty confident. I'm happy we showed that, we scored five out of five. We're through to the next round.

"We know there are two more games until we can change our lives and make some history. We're really focused on that."

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