Roy Keane says Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling should have stepped up to take penalty instead of Bukayo Saka as England lose to Italy in Euro 2020 final

Roy Keane believes Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling should have stepped up to take a penalty for England in their Euro 2020 final shootout defeat to Italy.

Bukayo Saka, 19, saw his decisive penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, who sealed a 3-2 shootout victory for Roberto Mancini’s side at Wembley.

Saka’s missed penalty saw Italy win Euro 2020
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Spot-kicks were needed after extra-time finished 1-1 as Harry Kane and Harry Maguire scored their kicks, before Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Saka fluffed their lines.

Keane believes Grealish, 25, and Sterling, 26, should not have let the Arsenal winger take a penalty ahead of them.

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.’”

Grealish did not take a penalty for England
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Sterling had missed his last three penalties for Man City, but did not step up to take one for England
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Gareth Southgate and England players were seen consoling a distraught Saka after his penalty miss.

And Southgate 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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