‘Where was Sterling? Where was Stones? Where was Shaw?’: Jose Mourinho calls out England’s stars for letting Bukayo Saka take the decisive penalty… and suggests one player was left out because he refused to take a spot-kick at the World Cup
- England fell apart during penalties against Italy in the Euro 2020 final
- Three takers missed from the spot at the Azzurri went on to lift the trophy
- Teenager Bukayo Saka was responsible for missing the decisive spot kick
- Jose Mourinho has questioned what England’s senior stars were doing
Jose Mourinho has hit out at England’s senior stars for a failure to step up in the pivotal final moment against Italy in Sunday night’s Euro 2020 final penalty shootout.
Gareth Southgate’s side went the distance, but came unstuck from 12-yards as three stars missed when called upon.
The decisive kick fell to teenager Bukayo Saka who stepped up and failed to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma, but Mourinho insists a more experienced player should have shouldered responsibility.
Jose Mourinho has given his damning verdict of Bukayo Saka taking the decisive penalty
The Arsenal teenager missed at Wembley when England needed to score to stay in contention
Speaking on TalkSport after the defeat to the Azzurri, Mourinho said: ‘In this situation, where was Raheem Sterling? Where was John Stones?
‘Where was Luke Shaw? Why didn’t Jordan Henderson or Kyle Walker stay on the pitch?
‘I think it’s too much for a kid to have everything on his shoulders in this moment, but I don’t know, I have to ask that question to Gareth because many times what happens is that players who should be there are not there, players who should be there, they run away from the responsibility.
‘And because I feel Gareth is such an honest guy and is so protective of his players, I don’t believe Gareth would ever say if ‘Player A’ or ‘Player B’ ran away or hid or said they were not ready to take one.’
Mourinho went on to suggest that there was more to the squad selection than meets the eye, and that a certain player was left out of the set-up because of a refusal to take a penalty at the 2018 Russia World Cup.
He added: ‘Because, don’t ask me who because I will not tell you, but I was told 100 per cent that one player that could be in this team and was not in this team, one of the reasons was in the World Cup semi-final he should have taken a penalty and he refused.’
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