In the aftermath of yesterday’s EURO final match at Wembley, which ended in favour of Italy after a dramatic Penalty Shootouts, Roy Keane, former Manchester United player, slammed Sterling and Grealish for refusing to talk the Penalty ahead of 19 year old Saka.
This was made known by ITV correspondent who interviewed Roy Keane after the Match at Wembley. Roy Keane said he felt sorry for Bukayo Saka after several of England’s more experienced players held back to take the penalties especially after Rashford and Sancho had missed their spot kicks which gave Italians the advantage to go on and win. He continued by saying that Sterling and Grealish Shouldn’t have stood there and watch the young Arsenal kid walk up ahead of them. He referenced Sterling’s trophy laden career with Manchester City as show of how much sterling has grown and should have been prepared in moments like this to step up.
He said, ” I’m not saying he wasn’t prepared. Gareth might have been thinking you’re going to be sixth or seventh. You can’t sit there. That must be hard to take. You’ve got to get in front of this young kid and say listen I’ll step up before you”
In the post match interview, England manager Gareth Southgate, accepted the blame for Saka’s miss revealing he made up his mind on who takes the penalties based on how the players had practiced in training.
He said: “That is it is down to me, I decided on the penalty takers based on what they have done in training and nobody is on their own. We have won together as a team and it is on all of us together to not be able to win the game tonight and in terms of penalties it is my call and it totally rests with me”
Prior to the Penultimate decider, England had taken an early lead through Luke Shaw first England goal in the 2nd Minutes of the game, and was more composed and threaten on the counter once they had the ball. But the Italians were more dominant with the goal and should have equalised through the impressive Federico Chiesa. In the Second, Italy took more control as England moved further back to soak the pressure and hope to bounce on the counter, but Italy defense was mean and ruthless.
Immediately Leonardo Bonucci equalised midway through the second period after England failed to clear a corner, England started playing football especially when the dangerous Chiesa left the pitch after sustaining an injury. The two couldn’t get the winner until the end of the normal time.
In the 30 minutes of extra time, both team rarely threatened but it was England that look more to score before the game was pushed to Penalties which Italy dramatically won 3-2 after extra time substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho had missed, including Saka’s agonishing miss that handed Italy their second trophy in European championship.