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Jack Grealish: England star hits back at penalty criticism: ‘I wanted to take one!’

England misplaced one other shootout on Sunday in a significant worldwide match as Italy held its nerve to win the Euro 2020 final, with three England gamers — Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sanho and Bukayo Saka — lacking their efforts.

Rashford’s penalty hit the submit, whereas Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved the opposite two penalties.

England supervisor Gareth Southgate threw on Rashford, 23, and Sancho, 21, simply earlier than the penalty shootou, however each males went on to miss as England suffered an all too acquainted destiny. The nationwide crew has now misplaced seven out of 10 shootouts in main tourrnaments.
Saka is simply 19 and solely made his England debut in October and the relative youth of that English trio, who missed their penalties and have subsequently been subjected to online racist abuse, has led to criticism from one former worldwide participant that extra skilled England stars ought to have taken the penalties.

“If you are (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 may’t,” mentioned former Republic of Ireland worldwide Roy Keane.

“You can’t let a shy 19-year-old go up in entrance of you. They have much more expertise, Sterling has gained trophies, they’d to get in entrance of the younger child and get up.”

Jack Grealish and Harry Maguire look disconsolate following England's defeat.

Grealish took exception to that criticism, tweeting: “The gaffer [Southgate] has made so many proper choices by means of this match and he did tonight.

“But I will not have folks say that I did not need to take a peno once I mentioned I’ll.”

Love hearts and slogans, placed by a local resident, are stuck on the plastic that covers offensive graffiti on the vandalised mural of Rashford on the wall of a cafe on Copson Street, Withington in Manchester.

After the ultimate, Southgate mentioned that he had selected the penalty takers based mostly on the gamers’ efficiency in coaching.

“Nobody is on their very own,” Southgate informed the BBC. “We have gained collectively as a crew and it’s on all of us collectively to not have the option to win this recreation.

“In phrases of penalties, it’s my name and it completely rests with me. I made a decision on the penalty takers based mostly on what they’ve carried out in coaching.”

But Southgate has additionally confronted criticism given Sancho and Rashford have been introduced on as substitutes within the a hundred and twentieth minute, simply earlier than the shootout began.

That gave them little or no time to put together for such a big second within the match, particularly as England hasn’t gained a global match for 55 years.

“In actuality it is rather onerous for [Marcus] Rashford and [Jadon] Sancho to come and take a penalty after one contact of the ball,” mentioned AS Roma supervisor Jose Mourinho.

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