A lot has been said about England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy, as the Three Lions lost the game in penalty shootout.
It was a bizarre penalty selection by Gareth Southgate, as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sanho and Bukayo Saka all missed the third, fourth and fifth kicks respectively, as Italy won the European Championship.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has been criticised by many football figures including Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho for allowing 19-year-old Bukayo Saka to take the decisive fifth penalty ahead of his more senior peers.
Following the match, Roy Keane said: “If you’re (Raheem) Sterling or (Jack) Grealish, you cannot sit there and have a young kid [Saka] go up for a penalty ahead of you, you can’t.
“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.”
However, Grealish who has taken and scored one penalty kick in his career so far, has now revealed that he opted to take a kick, but the gaffer Gareth Southgate didn’t let him.
He tweeted: I said I wanted to take one!!!!
“The gaffer has made so many right decisions through this tournament and he did tonight! But I won’t have people say that I didn’t want to take a peno when I said I will…”
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and incoming United star Jadon Sancho were only brought on to take penalties, and they both missed, much to the disappointment of the England faithful.