Roy Keane said England teenager Bukayo Saka should not have been given the task of taking their crucial fifth penalty in Sunday's shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, as Jack Grealish insisted he did volunteer to take one.
Saka, 19, had to score to send the shootout to sudden death but his kick was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Italian goalkeeper had also saved from Jadon Sancho after Marcus Rashford had hit the post.
Keane said more experienced players should have stepped up and taken the responsibility.
"If you're [Raheem] Sterling or [Jack] Grealish, you cannot sit there and have a young kid [Saka] go up for a penalty ahead of you," the Corkman told ITV.
"They have a lot more experience, Sterling has won trophies... they had to get in front of the young kid and stand up."
However Grealish insisted this morning that he was willing to stand up to take a kick and felt manager Gareth Southgate had made the right decision.
He tweeted: "I said I wanted to take one! The gaffer has made so many right decisions through this tournament and he did tonight!
"But I won't have people say that I didn’t want to take a peno when I said I will…"
Former England defender Gary Neville said the decision on who was taking the penalties would have been made well before Sunday's final.
"They would have worked out over the last few weeks in camp, done sessions on it, looked at who's scoring the most and got the best record," he said. "It would be scientific, it would be data-led."
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Roma boss Jose Mourinho echoed the sentiment of Keane, telling Talksport: "The decision of the penalty talkers, I think it is hard to leave Saka as the last one. I think it is hard for a kid to have everything on his shoulders at that moment. I just feel very sorry for him.
"In this situation where was Sterling, where was Stones, where was Shaw?
"I feel that Gareth is such an honest guy. Such a protective coach of his players. I don’t think he would ever say players were not ready [to take a penalty]."
Rio Ferdinand said no one could "blame and point the finger" towards the players who missed the penalties, while Alan Shearer said players should be praised for stepping up.
"For the youngsters to say, 'yes, I'll go on and take a penalty'... you have to give them credit for that," Shearer told the BBC.
"But it will be tough for them now. Hopefully, they will get over it."
Meanwhile other former England players offered their support to Saka, Sancho and Rashford after their penalty heartache.
Micah Richards posted a picture on Instagram of the trio wearing superimposed crowns, adding: "3 kings! Did us proud. F*** the haters."
And former England captain Steven Gerrard shared an image of Saka, with the comment: "So brave kid."