Roy Keane has lambasted the senior England gamers who allowed Bukayo Saka to take the decisive penalty in England’s shootout defeat to Italy within the ultimate of Euro 2020.
Saka’s penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma as England suffered heartbreak at Wembley.
The 19-year-old has by no means taken a penalty for his membership facet, Arsenal, however was given the duty of taking the all-important fifth kick within the shootout.
“When you’re (Raheem) Sterling or (Jack) Grealish, you can’t sit there and have a younger child [Saka] go up for a penalty forward of you, you may’t,” Keane instructed ITV. “You can not let a shy 19-year-old go up in entrance of you. They’ve much more expertise, Sterling has gained trophies, they needed to get in entrance of the younger child and arise.”
On Monday, Grealish responded on social media by insisting he had wished to take a penalty.
“I mentioned I wished to take one!!!! The gaffer has made so many proper selections by means of this event and he did tonight! However I will not have folks say that I did not need to take a peno once I mentioned I’ll…”
England’s different penalty misses have been by 21-year-old Jadon Sancho and 23-year-old Marcus Rashford, each of whom had carried out peripheral roles within the event and have been introduced on within the ultimate minute of extra-time.
England’s solely profitable penalty takers have been Harry Maguire and Harry Kane.
“I selected the penalty takers primarily based on what we have finished in coaching and no one is on their very own. We have gained collectively as a workforce and it is completely on all of us when it comes to not having the ability to win the sport tonight,” mentioned England boss Gareth Southgate.
“However when it comes to the penalties, that is my name and completely rests with me.”
Jose important of Southgate’s determination making
Jose Mourinho criticised Southgate’s determination to have Saka taking England’s fifth penalty.
The Roma supervisor instructed talkSPORT: “The choice of the penalty talkers, I believe it’s laborious to go away Saka because the final one. I believe it’s laborious for a child to have every part on his shoulders at that second. I simply really feel very sorry for him.
“On this scenario the place was [Raheem] Sterling, the place was (John) Stones, the place was (Luke) Shaw?
“I really feel that Gareth is such an sincere man. Such a protecting coach of his gamers. I do not suppose he would ever say gamers weren’t prepared [to take a penalty].”
Response to England’s penalty shootout defeat
Thought Saka was nearly the most effective factor to emerge from this event for England. What a expertise. He’ll be a giant a part of England groups for a very long time to return.
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) July 11, 2021
Reflecting on his personal penalty miss 25 years in the past, Southgate mentioned on Friday: “These kinds of moments in your life don’t need to outline you.”
That is now true for Saka, Rashford and Sancho. No person higher to console them.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) July 11, 2021
It was penalty shootout heartbreak once more for England and Gareth Southgate in a crushing Euro 2020 ultimate defeat to Italy.
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