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Jose Mourinho has criticised England’s senior stars for not stepping forward in Sunday night’s EURO 2020 penalty shootout.
England faced Italy in the EURO 2020 final on July 11 at Wembley Stadium. The match ended with Italy’s victory, as the Azzurri won with a score of 3-2 on penalties and were crowned EURO 2020 champions for the second time in their history.
Bukayo Saka was chosen to take the fifth decisive penalty but failed to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma. Mourinho insists a more experienced player should have taken the responsibility:
“In this situation, where was Raheem Sterling? Where was John Stones?”, said the Portuguese manager on TalkSport after the defeat.
“Where was Luke Shaw? Why didn’t Jordan Henderson or Kyle Walker stay on the pitch?”
Then he added: “I think it’s too much for a kid to have everything on his shoulders in this moment, but I don’t know, I have to ask that question to Gareth because many times what happens is that players who should be there are not there, players who should be there, they run away from the responsibility.”