Gareth Southgate has taken full responsibility for Bukayo Saka’s penalty miss in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
The Three Lions couldn’t quite bring football home on Sunday night, drawing 1-1 after extra time at Wembley in front of a heartbroken home crowd.
Andrea Belotti missed Italy’s first with Jordan Pickford saving, with England seemingly in the driving seat. However, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Saka couldn’t beat Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Italian goal with Southgate’s men suffering the most heartbreaking of defeats.
Southgate has taken responsibility for Saka’s miss, though, telling the media after the game: “That’s my decision to give him that penalty, that’s totally my responsibility.
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“It’s not him or Marcus or Jadon, we work together, we work through them in training, that’s the order we came to. That’s my call as a coach.”
The England boss added: “We prepared as well as we could for the (penalty shootout), that’s my responsibility, I chose the guys to take the kicks.
“In the end, we weren’t quite able to see the game through in the normal regulation time.
“It was very tight, Italy showed they’re the outstanding side that they are and why they’re 30 games unbeaten.
“Our players have done themselves proud, every one of them has been exceptional. It’s the first time we’ve got to a final, and we’re unbelievably disappointed not to go that one step further.”