Jack Grealish: the English star responds to criticism of penalties: “I wanted to take one!”

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England lost another shootout on Sunday in a major international tournament as Italy had the nerve to win the Euro 2020 final, with three England players – Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sanho and Bukayo Saka – missing out Their efforts.

Rashford’s penalty hit the post, while Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved the other two penalties.

England coach Gareth Southgate pitched Rashford, 23, and Sancho, 21, just before the penalty shoot-out, but the pair missed the game as England suffered an all-too-familiar fate. The national team have now lost seven of 10 shots on goal in major tournaments.
Saka is only 19 and didn’t make his England debut until October and the relative youth of this English trio, who missed their penalties and later suffered racist abuse online, led a former international player to criticize that the more experienced English stars should have taken the sanctions.

“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.”

Jack Grealish and Harry Maguire seem sorry after England's loss.
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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.”

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

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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