Manchester United legend Roy Keane slams senior England stars Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish after penalty defeat

 

 

Roy Keane has slammed senior England players such as Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish for allowing younger members of the squad take crucial penalties in shootout defeat to Italy on Sunday.

The Three Lions finished as runners-up at the European Championship after they lost 3-2 to Italy on penalties following a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Gareth Southgate brought young attacking duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho onto the pitch solely with the purpose of taking spot-kicks, however the new Manchester United teammates both failed to convert their efforts.

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka, 19, saw the decisive effort saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma which secured victory for Italy after a gruelling encounter at Wembley stadium.

Speaking after the match Southgate revealed he chose his penalty takers based on their performances in training, though United legend Keane believes senior stars should have been chosen given the pressure of the situation.

 

“If you’re Sterling or Grealish, you cannot sit there and watch a kid walk up ahead of you, you can’t,” he told ITV.

 

“Gareth might have been thinking he’s going to be six or seven, you can’t sit there.

“That must be hard to take, you’ve got to go to this young kid and say I’ll step up before you.”

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