Lampard blames Marcus Rashford’s penalty style as England suffer defeat

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England supporters believed that the Euro 2020 trophy was coming home, but were given a shocker as the Italians defeated them in a fully packed Wembley Stadium.

Both teams settled for a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of action, and the game was forced into penalty shootout.

The Azzurris ended up as European champions after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to convert from the spot.

Harry Maguire and Harry Kane had scored the first two kicks for the Three Lions, but Rashford missed the third kick after trying to stutter before playing the kick, only for the ball to hit the post.

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes Rashford’s stuttering penalty technique is difficult to pull off in a high-pressure situation, and doesn’t think the Manchester United forward should have gone for such technique.

“I’ve never taken a penalty with that style. I always consider there’s a penalty [style] for me and many takers take them very well,” Lampard told the BBC.

“But in the training ground behind closed doors, that shuffle and wait [which Rashford used] is much easier.

“With the pressure of what this game brings, it’s harder.”

While we feel sorry that the English trio of Mason Mount, Reece James and Ben Chilwell missed out on the trophy, we say big congratulations to Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri for a job well done.

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