Rashford’s penalty hit the post, while Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved the other two penalties.
“If you’re (Raheem) Sterling or (Jack) Grealish, you can’t sit there and have a young child [Saka] go get a penalty in front of you, you can’t, “said former Republic of Ireland international Roy Keane.
“You can’t let a shy 19 year old come up in front of you. They have a lot more experience, Sterling won trophies, they had to get in front of the youngster and stand up.”
Grealish objected to this criticism, tweeting: “The gaffer [Southgate] made so many great decisions during this tournament and he did it tonight.
“But I won’t let people say I didn’t want to take a peno when I said I would.”
After the final, Southgate said he decided on the penalty takers based on the players’ performance in training.
“No one is alone,” Southgate told the BBC. “We won together as a team and it’s up to all of us together not to be able to win this game.
“In terms of penalties, that’s my decision and it’s totally up to me. I decided on the penalty shooters based on what they did in training.”
But Southgate has also come under criticism as Sancho and Rashford were brought in as substitutes in the 120th minute, just before the shootout started.
This gave them little to no time to prepare for such an important part of the game, especially as England haven’t won an international tournament in 55 years.
“In reality, it is very difficult for [Marcus] Rashford and [Jadon] Sancho coming in to take a penalty after a touch of the ball, “AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho said.
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