Roy Keane said British midfielder Bukayo Saka should not have been given the task of firing his fifth crucial penalty shootout on Sunday against Italy in the Euro 2020 final
So, 19, he was forced to score a goal to shoot for a sudden death but his kick was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Italian goalkeeper also rescued Jadon Sancho after Marcus Rashford took over the post.
Former Manchester United captain Keane said the most experienced players had to come forward and take responsibility.
“If you’re (Raheem) Sterling or (Jack) Grealish you can’t sit there and ask a young man (Saka) to go get a punishment in front of you,” former Irish international Keane told ITV.
“With more experience, Sterling won the trophy, they had to get in front of the baby and stand up.”
Former England defender Gary Neville said the decision to take the penalty would be taken long before Sunday’s final.
“They would be practicing in the last few weeks at the camp, holding sessions, watching who scores the most and getting the best record,” he said. “It would be scientific, it would be driven by data.”
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand said no one could “blame and point the finger” at players who missed the penalty, while Alan Shearer said players should be commended for increasing their efforts.
“For young people to say ‘yes I will go on and take the punishment’ … you must give them credit,” former England captain Shearer told the BBC. “But it will be difficult for them now. We hope they get it. “