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Roy Keane has criticised Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish for shirking penalty taking duties in the crucial shootout with Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions 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’.”
“You know what I’m intrigued about, when people say they would have planned for this: spot science, data, you can’t replicate this, you can’t replicate a player walking up in a huge final in front of supporters, huge goalkeeper in front of you,” Keane added.
“As Mike Tyson said, ‘everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the face’. You’re facing a giant goalkeeper.
“Rashford will be disappointed because we always say ‘make the keeper save it. Hit the target. But you can’t replicate for a night like this. For all their plans it didn’t work.”
Source – Mirror