Roy Keane believes Bukayo Saka should never have taken a penalty for England as they were beaten by Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions reached their first final in 55 years, and looked to be on their way to bringing football home when Luke Shaw put the side 1-0 up after just a couple of minutes.
However, Leonardo Bonucci ‘s second-half equaliser ensured the game went to extra time at Wembley.
No side could find the decisive goal in the extra 30 minutes, meaning the game went to penalties, where England missed three out of their five spot kicks.
Harry Kane and Harry Maguire made no mistake, but Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Arsenal star Saka all missed in the massively pressurised situation.
Some people were surprised that Saka – at just 19-years-old – was the man to be on the all important fifth penalty, especially with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish on the pitch.
This is something that Keane felt strongly about as well, with the former Manchester United captain slamming the aforementioned duo specifically for allowing Saka to take the responsibility.
“If you’re Sterling or Grealish, you cannot sit there and watch a kid walk up ahead of you, you can’t,” Keane said on ITV.
“You can’t sit there and go ‘I see a young kid, 19-year-old, a child, walking up in front of me, and I’ve played a lot more games, I’ve got a lot more experience’.
“Sterling, who has won a lot more games, won trophies. 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’.”
Overall, Saka impressed for England throughout their Euros campaign – featuring four times for Gareth Southgate’s side and registering one assist.
The teenager will now return to Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta’s side preparing for pre-season before what is set to be a huge 2021/22 campaign for the north London club after a disappointing 2020/21..
Saka will undoubtedly be a huge player for the Gunners, with the winger proving his worth time and time again last season, with seven goals and nine assists in all competitions.
Source by Football London