Roy Keane has lambasted the senior England players who allowed Bukayo Saka to take the decisive penalty in England’s shootout defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020.
The 19-year-old has never taken a penalty for his club side, Arsenal, but was given the responsibility of taking the all-important fifth kick in the shootout.
“If you’re Sterling or Grealish, you cannot sit there and have a young kid go up for a penalty ahead of you, you can’t,” Keane told ITV. “You cannot let a shy 19-year-old go up in front of you. They have a lot more experience, Sterling has won trophies, they had to get in front of the young kid and stand up.”
England’s other penalty misses were by Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, both of whom had performed peripheral roles in the tournament and were brought on in the final minute of extra-time. Only Harry Maguire and Harry Kane scored theirs.
“I chose the penalty takers based on what we’ve done in training and nobody is on their own. We’ve won together as a team and it’s absolutely on all of us in terms of not being able to win the game tonight,” said England boss Gareth Southgate.