Gareth Southgate admits Chelsea player would have taken penalty

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England were beaten in the final of the Euro 2020 tournament, as the Three Lions lost to Italy on penalties.

With the scores tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, both teams couldn’t score in extra time and the game was taken to penalties.

It was a disappointing shootout from the English side as they failed to score again after scoring their first two kicks courtesy of Harry Kane and Harry Maguire.

Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho and young Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka failed to convert their penalty kicks, with Saka playing the last kick for the Three Lions.

Speaking after the game, England boss Gareth Southgate indicated that Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and Atletico Madrid fullback Kieran Trippier both would’ve been in line to take penalties, but had been subbed off for tactical reasons.

“What they have to know is none of them are on their own – we win and lose as a team,” Southgate said after the game.

“The penalty takers are my call. We’ve worked on them in training, that’s my decision, that’s not down to the players.

“Tonight it hasn’t gone for us but we know they were the best takers we had left on the pitch.

“We tried to get those players on the pitch, we already had to take a couple off during the game itself.

“Of course, it’s going to be heartbreaking for the boys but they are not to blame for that, that’s my call as a coach.”

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