It was the Arsenal midfielder’s penalty miss which sealed a 3-2 shoot-out defeat by Italy at Wembley, after the sides had found themselves locked together at 1-1 following extra time.
At the beginning of the message, Saka said that he stayed “away from social media” after the game to spend some time with his family and reflect.
But he added that he is grateful “for all the love” and support. “It was an honour to be part of an England squad that leads by example, they are brothers for life, and I’m grateful for everything that I have learnt from every one of the players and staff who worked so hard,” he wrote.
He continued to say that “no words” could encapsulate how disappointed he felt about the loss and his own penalty.
It fell to him to take the fifth spot-kick after Rashford had hit the post with his attempt and Sancho had seen his saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, but he too was denied by the Italy goalkeeper.
“I really believed we would win this for you. I’m sorry that we couldn’t bring it home for you this year, but I promise you that we will give everything we’ve got to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win,” he said.
But with the negativity that he received, Saka vowed that he wouldn’t let it “break” him.
“This is what football should be about. Passion, people of all races, genders, religions, and backgrounds coming together with one shared joy of the rollercoaster of football,” he said.
He then urged major social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook not to allow any “child or adult” to receive the degree of hate that he and his teammates have received post-loss.
“I knew instantly the kind of hate that I was about to receive, and that is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop these messages.”
He continued: “There is no place for racism or hate of any kind in football or in any area of society and to the majority of people coming together to call out the people sending these messages, by taking action and reporting these comments to the police and by driving out the hate by being kind to one another, we will win.”