Whetever went on with deciding who took them, it was a mess. The only person who is blameless is Saka, and he at least got his on target. It looked to me that Kane and Maguire were already going to take 2, then Southgate himself decided that Rashford and Sancho would take another 2, which left just the one spot. You would think that they would have a list of players from 1 to 26, and they take penalties in that order depending on who ever is on the pitch at the time. At least those players could compose themselves for it, rather than deciding if they feel up to it at 30 seconds notice.He's obviously going to front up for his player, that's what leaders do, they rather fail before others, there's a reason a cb who's not a penalty taker took the second one. The manager gives it to the players that volunteer, if Grealish wanted it, he would have said no I'm a club captain and a boy isn't taking front of me, and that would be that, he clearly did not. In fact it was on camera southgate asking Grealish if he will take one (to Which he replied yh) you only ask the sudden death penalty takers because they haven't volunteered
Grealish top player, but he let the team down, he was fresh and warmed up, letting a boy take that penalty.
Raheem sterling should have taken one ahead of him too, although I understand he may have been knackered at that point, he should have still stepped up ahead of saka.
It was a failure of leadership, even the bum Henderson would have 100% taken it, even though he probably certain to miss.
Southgate messed up by not giving rashford and Sancho minutes before penalty, that was fucking joke, giving those lads a penalty in a final on cold legs, but Saka, that's clearly fault of the Senior players in the squad
I would be raging if I was Pickford. It's been overlooked that he made 2 saves, and the outfielders fucked up trying to show pony it.