Former England striker and current football pundit, Gary Lineker has sent a message of support to Bukayo Saka after the youngster broke his social media silence to thank the Three Lions fans their support after his penalty miss in their loss to Italy in the final of the recently concluded 2020 European Championship.
While the Arsenal man thanked the fans for their support post the game, he also hit out at social networking sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for not doing enough to stop racist abuse that is aimed at the players.
Lineker for his part replied to Saka to hold his head up high by giving the examples of footballing superstars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - with the duo facing a number of setbacks in their career in the past.
"The future of England is wonderfully bright. Young immensely talented young footballers who are so impressive both on and off the field. You’re 19 and had the balls to step up to take a penalty. Even Messi and Ronaldo have missed plenty of them. Feel proud not guilty."
There have been recent instances of black footballers being racially abused on social networking sites by some section of the supporters, with many superstar footballers taking a stand against it.