Former England star Frank Lampard has criticised Marcus Rashford after the Manchester United striker missed a penalty to give the Three Lions a 1-0 defeat in their Euro 2020 qualifying play-off against Switzerland. The England manager, Gareth Southgate, was forced to use his captain Jordan Henderson from the bench in the second half after the defender picked up a booking from video assistant referee Craig Pawson.
England striker Marcus Rashford and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard have hit out at the latest penalty decision by referee Cuneyt Cakır, who awarded France a penalty against England in the Euro 2020 shootout after a 1-1 draw.
Marcus Rashford missed first penalty kick for England (Reuters)
Frank Lampard believes Marcus Rashford made things difficult for himself with his penalty technique in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
The Three Lions took the lead at Wembley Stadium thanks to Luke Shaw’s first goal, but Italy recovered in extra time and with a penalty when Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the second half.
Rashford became the first English player to convert a penalty when he sent Gianluigi Donnarumma the wrong way, but the Manchester United striker’s shot landed on the post.
Jaydon Sancho also missed a free kick and Bucayo Saca’s decisive penalty kick was saved by Donnarumma to give Italy the trophy.
And former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard believes a stuttering Rashford cannot take a penalty in a high-pressure situation.
I’ve never taken a penalty like that before. I still think penalty shooting is for me and many penalty takers take it very well, Lampard told the newspaper.
Marcus Rashford’s shot hit the post (UEFA via Getty).
But on the training ground, behind closed doors, those manoeuvres and that waiting [that Rashford used] are much easier.
With the pressure of this game, it’s even harder.
Lampard also dismissed suggestions that Raheem Sterling should have taken the penalty.
”I’m not sure if Raheem will actually take the penalty,” Lampard said. ‘ And I think you should give credit where credit is due: I don’t feel it for some reason.
You can’t analyze it now, it’s a terrible time.
Jaydon Sancho’s penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma (AFP via Getty).
Former England striker Alan Shearer said of Rashford’s penalty: You can see his [Rashford’s] eyes aren’t looking at the ball at all, he’s looking at the keeper. He sees [Donnarumma going the other way] and he hits him too hard, he pulls him too hard, unfortunately.
You can never, ever criticize someone for having the courage to move on in this desperate and horrible situation, because that’s just the way it is.
If young people would say: Yeah, I’m gonna take a penalty kick, so you gotta hand it to them.
Bukayo Saka missed the decisive penalty kick for England (Reuters)
But it will be a difficult time for them, because psychologically it will be difficult for them from now on. But time is on their side and they will get through this.
Meanwhile, former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand disagreed with Lampard’s assessment of Rashford’s penalty.
You can fail in any style, Ferdinand said.
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Saka didn’t hesitate and quickly walked up to him. It’s hard. Jorginho did the same, that pass, but he was lucky that his goalkeeper made a great save at the end.
You must be brave. I’ve seen experienced players with hundreds of games under their belt refuse to take penalty kicks.
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