Grealish hits back at Keane criticism

Euro 2020

After England failed to win the 2020 UEFA European Championship, Jack Grealish has hit back at Manchester United legend Roy Keane, who had some strong criticism for the Aston Villa star and Raheem Sterling.

In the aftermath of England's Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy via penalties on Sunday night, Keane provided a scathing opinion on some of the Three Lions' senior stars, saying they should never have let a teenager, Bukayo Saka, take the decisive spot-kick.

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"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, you can't," Keane told ITV.

"You cannot let a shy 19-year-old go up in front of you.

"They have a lot more experience, Sterling has won trophies, they had to get in front of the young kid and stand up."

Villa playmaker and captain Grealish has now responded to the Irishman's criticism, taking to Twitter to vehemently deny not wanting to take a spot-kick in the dramatic shootout.

"I said I wanted to take one!" he wrote on Twitter in response to a tweet featuring Keane's comments.

"The gaffer [England manager Gareth Southgate] 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 [penalty] when I said I will..."

Southgate himself later insisted that the decision regarding the penalty takers rested with him, and conceded that he was therefore, at least partly, to blame for the defeat.

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