After Coco Gauff, Naomi Osaka Shows Support for Rashford, Sancho, Sterling, and Saka After Euro 2020 Final Loss

Published 07/13/2021, 7:08 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her quarter final match against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh REUTERS/Loren Elliott


In a spectacular Euro 2020 final, England’s dream remained unrealized as Italy went past them in the penalties. However, the entire world rallied behind the English soccer players who left their hearts in the Wembley Stadium. Recently, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka joined that list.

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After Luke Shaw converted Kieran Trippier’s cross into a goal in the second minute, the whole of England knew the job was only half done. But, Italy’s centre back Leonardo Bonucci leveled the match in the 67th minute with a simple tap-in. The final then went into extended half an hour and then into the penalties.

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In a heart-wrenching shoot-out, young Englishmen Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed their penalties. Consequently, Italy became the two-time champions of the Euros, winning it 3-2 in penalties.

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Soccer Football – Euro 2020 – Final – Italy v England – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma saves England’s Bukayo Saka shot during the shoot-out to win Euro 2020 Pool via REUTERS/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Naomi Osaka’s special tribute to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, and Bukayo Saka

Comparatively, the four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka understands the pressure on young shoulders. Thus, also as an athlete, she can empathize with their loss.

Earlier, the 23-year-old Japanese withdrew from French Open due to anxiety and pressure. Even then, she did not sit back in the situation; instead, Osaka spoke her heart out, and that is a hallmark of a true champion.

Now, she has found a unique way to acknowledge the efforts of Rashford, Sancho, Sterling, and Saka from Team England. Osaka posted their monochromatic picture on Twitter and hand-drew a golden crown on each of their heads, resembling them as ‘Kings.’

Furthermore, even 17-year-old American tennis sensation Coco Gauff showed her support to them. She wrote on Twitter, “You guys did so so so good. The best is yet to come.”

Now, while England now awaits the World Cup next year, Osaka has competition in less than two weeks. Hopefully, they both will turn their fate around in their next appearance.

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Where will Naomi Osaka play next?

After the midway withdrawal from French Open 2021, Osaka will return at the Tokyo Olympics. She will unquestionably be the home favorite; however, the event will have no crowds in the stands.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Picture taken May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Australian World No.1 and Wimbledon 2021 winner, Ashleigh Barty and the Australian Open 2021 champion Naomi Osaka will headline the event.

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All in all, the return of the Japanese on the tennis court will capture more attention than before. Let’s see if she comes through that and wins a medal for her country.

Do you think Osaka could become the Olympic Gold medalist in Tokyo this year?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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