England manager Gareth Southgate took full responsibility for the Three Lions’ agonizing penalty shootout loss in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.
Southgate’s men have shown why they have been some of the best teams in the tournament for quite some time. Furthermore it, They started their dream in the final When Luke Shaw scored within two minutes. However, Italy settled and eventually took control. But in the end, the match went to a penalty shootout.
England have had great luck from 12 yards out in the major tournaments. Indeed, Southgate missed the penalty that cost his country the Euro 96 semi-final.
This time Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho Bukayo Saka missed them all. Although Jordan Pickford saved two penalties for Italy, Roberto Mancini’s men won 3-2.
Speaking after the match, Southgate took full responsibility and explained the reasons for his “gamble”.
“We’ve prepared as much as we can for that, and that’s my responsibility, I’ve chosen the players to take the kicks,” Southgate said. ITV Sport.
“No one is alone in this situation. We decided to make changes at the end of the match and win and lose together as a team.”
When choosing Saka to take the fifth penalty and also make very late substitutions to get more enforcers on Southgate, he added: “It’s my decision to give him that penalty, so it’s entirely my responsibility: it’s not Marcus or Jadon.
“We worked on it in training and that is the order we came in. My call as coach.
“It’s always the risk you take, but they were by far the best, and to beat all those attacking players you have to do it late.
“It was a gamble but if we played earlier we might have lost the match in overtime in any way.”
Former England player Frank Lampard insisted that Italy should take credit for their performance.
Meanwhile, Southgate has continued to reveal his words to his full-time players.
Southgate reveals England’s message
“At the moment, the players are really calm,” the coach said.
“Duke [of Cambridge] I went down to see them in the dressing room and he really thanked them for what they had done and was very much in his praise.
“I just told them we can’t have any mutual accusations. We win and lose together. No one was left alone and the calls for sanctions were mine.
“My decision. My decision to ask the players to carry out the penalties they did.”
Southgate added: “They should get their heads held high here. They’ve done more than any other team in the last 50 years or so, so in terms of players, they should be very proud of what they’ve done.
“Tonight is tough, of course, because getting close… You know these opportunities in your life are incredibly rare but it’s a credit to Italy. I think they’ve been fantastic throughout the tournament.
“The way they used the ball tonight was a little better than us and I think they were strong enough in defense to prevent us from constantly creating anything on their goal.”
England We can now look forward to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.