Frank Lampard criticised England forward Marcus Rashford over his penalty technique as he missed a spot-kick in their loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Luke Shaw fired England into a dream lead inside 117 seconds but Roberto Mancini’s men grew into Sunday’s final, with Leonardo Bonucci levelling to take the match to extra-time.
It ended 1-1 under the arch as the match went to spot-kicks and, just like the last major tournament played on home soil 25 years ago, it ended in penalty heartbreak.
Gareth Southgate missed the crucial effort in the Euro 96 semi-final against Germany and took responsibility after Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed from the spot on Sunday night.
But Lampard thinks Rashford chose the wrong penalty technique for such a high pressure situation.
“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 said on 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.”
Some wondered why Raheem Sterling didn’t take a penalty but Lampard understands the decision.
“I’m not sure Raheem is absolutely a penalty taker at heart,” Lampard added. “And I think you have to give credit as much to say, ‘I’m not feeling it’, for whatever reason.
“You can’t over-analyse this now, it’s a horrible moment.”
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On Rashford’s miss, Alan Shearer added: “You can see his [Rashford’s] eyes are not on the ball at all, he’s watching the goalkeeper. He sees that [Donnarumma goes the other way] and he just scuffs it too much, he pulls it too much unfortunately.
“You can never, ever criticise anyone for being brave enough to step forward in that desperate, horrible situation, because that’s what it is.
“For the youngsters to say, ‘yes I’ll go on and take a penalty’, you’ve got to give them credit for that.
“But it’s going to be a difficult time for them because mentally it will be tough from now on. But they’ve got time on their side and they’ll get over it.”