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Simone Zaza explains how he "suffered" after Euro 2016 penalty miss

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Four months on from Euro 2016 and it would seem Simone Zaza's diabolical penalty miss against Germany in the quarter-finals continues to haunt him.

The West Ham striker produced a ridiculous stuttered run up before firing over the bar and subjecting himself to humiliation.

Italy were knocked out of the competition as a result, with Thierry Henry extremely critical of Zaza's penalty tactics in the post-match analysis.

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"We'll always remember the miss by [Matteo] Darmian, but if I'm Italian I will think of the run up of Zaza and [Graziano] Pelle saying to the goalkeeper that he's going to dink it," he said.

"Why are you doing this? They didn't even hit the target. They are the ones I'm going to remember.

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"Pressure makes you do stuff that you wouldn't normally do. We saw some of the worst penalties in the history of a shootout."

Zaza has since joined West Ham and had time to reflect upon his miss, which he admits made him "suffer" in the weeks that followed Euro 2016.

In quotes relayed by Football Italia, the 25-year-old explained how his girlfriend and family became worried about his mental state.

"The penalty made me suffer a lot, I’ve always thought about it," he said. "I had an unhappy summer, even today I think about it, although not as much as I did.

"The teasing and criticism wasn't a burden, but rather the displeasure of having destroyed something that had been created that month in France.

"I'll never forget the things that happened after, the speeches, the tears from everyone. They're things that will stay inside of me, regardless of how my career goes.

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"No one gave us a chance and we were showing Europe that we were really strong.

"I know from so many of my former teammates that no one wanted to meet us, so to go out on penalties was really bad and I couldn't clear my mind in the months that followed.

"I was in a bad place and even my parents, girlfriend and friends were worried about me."

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