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Jack Grealish has hit back at Roy Keane, after the former Manchester United man criticised him and Raheem Sterling for not taking a penalty against Italy in the EURO 2020 final.
England opened the scoring already in the second minute, thanks to Luke Shaw’s goal. However, Leonardo Bonucci equalised the score in the 67th minute. The winner couldn’t be decided both in the main and extra times so the game headed into the penalty shootout.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed the penalties for England, as Gianluigi Donnarumma made the saves for the Azzurri.
Italy picked up a 3-2 win on penalties and were crowned EURO 2020 champions for the second time in their history.
It was a heartache end to England’s inspiring journey to the final, but Keane was less than impressed by the more experienced Sterling and Grealish for failing to put themselves forward.
“If you’re Sterling or Grealish, you can’t sit there and have a young kid walk up ahead of you,” he said on ITV. “You can’t sit there and see a young kid, 19, shy, and I’ve played a lot more football than him, a lot more games, a lot more experience.
“Sterling who has won trophies, I’m not saying he wasn’t prepared – Gareth might have been thinking you’re sixth or seventh – you can’t sit there, that must be hard to take.
“You’ve got to say to these young kids, ‘listen, I’ll step up before you’.”
On Monday Grealish took to his Twitter to respond to the criticism.
“I said I wanted to take one!!!!” wrote Aston Villa skipper. “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…”
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… https://t.co/3mBpKyMoUV
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) July 12, 2021