Simone Zaza has explained why he believes his loan spell at West Ham went so disastrously.
Zaza joined the Hammers on loan from Juventus in summer 2016 but he failed to score in 11 appearances before the arrangement was cut short in January.
The 26-year-old is now back among the goals at Valencia and, though his father blames the British weather and West Ham’s formation, the player puts his miserable spell in London down to his infamous penalty miss for Italy at Euro 2016.
“I was too sad for the penalty I missed against Germany,” said Zaza. “I didn’t ask to take that penalty and I was unable to react afterwards.
“I’ve never taken lot of penalties in my career but I used to score most of them during Italy training so I decided to take it when I was asked.
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“After I missed everything was negative, that was the worst part of my career.
“My girlfriend and my family have helped me to overcome that bad period and I can only thank them.
“I’d like to play for Italy again but if I haven’t received a call-up yet it means I still don’t deserve it. This is my objective. I am not in contact with [Italy boss] Ventura. Why should I?”