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 closing 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 accountability of taking the all-important fifth kick within the shootout.
“If you happen to’re (Raheem) Sterling or (Jack) Grealish, you can not sit there and have a younger child [Saka] go up for a penalty forward of you, you’ll be able to’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 rise up.”
On Monday, Grealish responded on social media by insisting he had needed to take a penalty.
“I mentioned I needed to take one!!!! The gaffer has made so many proper choices by this match and he did tonight! However I will not have folks say that I did not wish to take a peno after I mentioned I’ll…”
England’s different penalty misses had been by 21-year-old Jadon Sancho and 23-year-old Marcus Rashford, each of whom had carried out peripheral roles within the match and had been introduced on within the closing minute of extra-time.
England’s solely profitable penalty takers had been Harry Maguire and Harry Kane.
“I selected the penalty takers primarily based on what we have completed in coaching and no one is on their very own. We have gained collectively as a crew 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 choice making
Jose Mourinho criticised Southgate’s choice to have Saka taking England’s fifth penalty.
The Roma supervisor instructed talkSPORT: “The choice of the penalty talkers, I feel it’s laborious to go away Saka because the final one. I feel it’s laborious for a child to have all the things 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 trustworthy man. Such a protecting coach of his gamers. I do not assume he would ever say gamers weren’t prepared [to take a penalty].”
Response to England’s penalty shootout defeat
Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford being racially abused on social media. And this is the reason #ENG gamers will proceed to take a knee. Additionally, Twitter and Instagram must be faster and stronger to cease these hate crimes on their platforms.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) July 11, 2021
Thought Saka was nearly the most effective factor to emerge from this match for England. What a expertise. He’ll be an enormous a part of England groups for a very long time to come back.
— 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 must outline you.”
That is now true for Saka, Rashford and Sancho. No person higher to console them.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) July 11, 2021
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