Roy Keane criticised England’s senior stars for not stepping up to take a penalty in their Euro 2020 final shootout defeat to Italy.
Bukayo Saka, 19, had his decisive spot-kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, as a 3-2 shootout victory for Roberto Mancini’s side at Wembley saw the Three Lions suffer heartbreak in their first major final for 55 years.
After the match had ended 1-1 after extra-time, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire scored their kicks for England, before Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Saka fluffed their lines.
Penalties are a lottery but former Manchester United captain Roy Keane was amazed Arsenal teenager Saka was the man who took the fifth and ultimately crucial penalty for England.
Keane believes Jack Grealish, 25, and Raheem Sterling, 26, should both have been ahead of the youngster.
He told ITV: “If you’re Sterling or Grealish, you cannot sit there and let a young kid walk up ahead of you.
“You can’t sit there and say, ‘I see a young kid, a 19-year-old, a child walking up in front of me and I’ve played a lot more games, a lot more experience’… Sterling has won trophies.
“You can’t sit there… that must be hard to take. You’ve got to get in front of this young kid and say, ‘listen, I’ll step up before you.’”
Gareth Southgate and the England players were seen consoling a distraught Saka after his penalty miss.
And Southgate – all too familiar with penalty heartbreak after his miss in the semi-finals of Euro 1996 – is adamant the blame should be placed on him, not Saka.
He told talkSPORT: “He’s not alone, he’ll never be on his own as far as we’re concerned.
“He’s been an absolute star in this tournament.
“I have to take the responsibility with that call because in the end that’s my decision. It hasn’t worked.
“So anything should come back on me and not on him.”
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