'I WANTED to take a penalty!!!!': Jack Grealish reveals he DID volunteer but was not picked by Southgate – after Roy Keane slammed him and Raheem Sterling for letting teenager Bukayo Saka take the decisive spot kick
Jack Grealish has hit back at Roy Keane after being criticised by the pundit for not taking a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy.
Keane questioned why senior players, including Grealish and Raheem Sterling, weren’t taking a penalty in the shootout for England after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and 19-year-old Bukayo Saka missed from the spot.
And Grealish responded on Twitter on Monday morning, saying: ‘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…’
Television footage before the shootout began also showed Grealish nodding in reply to Gareth Southgate when it appeared that the England boss was asking players in a huddle who would be willing to take a penalty. Kalvin Phillips was also seen putting his hand up, but did not end up taking a penalty in the shootout.
Keane offered his sympathy for Saka, who missed the decisive spot-kick, and questioned why other England players didn’t step up.
‘If you’re Grealish or Sterling, you can’t have a young kid step up in front of you,’ the former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United captain told ITV.