English midfielder Jack Grealish has defended himself after insinuations surfaced that he selected not take a penalty within the dramatic shootout loss to Italy within the remaining of Euro 2020 on Sunday.
Pundit Roy Keane had stated he was sad that Grealish and Raheem Sterling had chosen to not take the fifth decisive penalty, as an alternative of 19-year-old Bukayo Saka.
Saka’s penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma as England suffered heartbreak at Wembley.
But, responding through Twitter, Grealish stated the choice was not his.
He stated: “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…”
‘I chose the takers’
Meanwhile, England supervisor Gareth Southgate has taken accountability for the penalty selections.
England, taking part in of their first main remaining since 1966, misplaced 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
Southgate additionally introduced on Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford deep into further time particularly to take spot-kicks, they usually additionally each missed as England blew an early benefit within the shoot-out.
“I chose the takers,” Southgate instructed ITV. “I’m unbelievably dissatisfied to not go one step additional.
“We decided to make the changes at the end of the game, but we win or lose together as a team.”
Arsenal winger Saka, who had solely made 5 worldwide appearances earlier than the event, noticed England’s remaining penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, after Jorginho had wasted the prospect to safe the title for Italy when his effort was saved out by Jordan Pickford.
“That was my decision to give him (Saka) that penalty,” stated Southgate, who missed the essential penalty when England misplaced within the Euro 96 semi-finals to Germany on residence soil.
“We worked with them in training. It was a gamble.”