Marcus Rashford AND Jadon Sancho: Was the decision a mistake?! | ESPN FC

Sami Khedira, Efan Ekoku and Tim Howard join Sebastian Salazar on ESPN’s Euro Tonight to delve deeper into the Euro 2020 final.

0:00 Gareth Southgate’s decision to bring on Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho for the penalty shootout.
0:53 Assessing penalty routines.
1:48 Bukayo Saka taking the final penalty for England.
Marcus Rashford AND Jadon Sancho: Was the decision a mistake?! | ESPN FC

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He literally ghosted them the entire tournament and then brings them on just so if could throw them under the bus...
25 years ago, Southgate was one of the youngest players in the England squad who voluntarily took the responsibility to shoot a penalty but he missed and England lost. 25 years later, Southgate as a manager, repeats the same mistake and picks a teenager to shoot a decisive penalty.
Southgate didn’t learn from his mistake and tonight he paid the ultimate price!
Bradolf Shitler
Bradolf Shitler:
He put so much pressure on them. He should have at least given them the chance to change the game. From a psychological point of view they were in a terrible position
Was it a mistake to bring on two guys specifically for penalties, only to see both of them miss? Nah it was a great decision, absolute genius
It was a mistake not taking a few risks chasing the second goal, taking Rice off, leaving Mount on, not bringing Grealish much earlier, subbing way too late, putting a child on the spot, this was a managerial train wreck of biblical proportions.
Myco Lorgeat
Myco Lorgeat:
Once it went to a shootout I knew it was over for England 😂😂
It’s too harsh to blame the lads that took the penalties, Mancini won the game on subs and tactics that Southgate simply didn’t get right - well and truly deserved by the Italians 🇮🇹
Lorenzo de Luca
Lorenzo de Luca:
Luis Enrique took out an 18 yo pedri, who was having a terrific game btw, just before the shootout so that he doesn't have to bear all the burden. Gareth Southgate decides to hand out the most important and decisive penalty to a 19 yo Shaka. That right there is the difference between a treble winning manager and a championship level manager
Siii R
Siii R:
Rashford and Sancho are ghosted the whole tournament by southgate

Also Southgate: can you guys shoot penalties in the final pls help me
England was abysmal from the second half. After seeing Italy slowing getting back into the game, I was expecting Southgate to bring on Sancho, Grealish and Foden to change the tempo and get aggressive, since sitting back was not helping. But I was infuriated when they were brought in solely for the penalties. Anyone can score or miss a penalty. It has nothing do with a player's skill. Players like Rashford and Sancho are players with skill and pace, who should've been brought on earlier and made to stretch the defense and get behind the Italians. In the penalties, I would've expected Sterling, Grealish and Shaw along with Maguire and Kane for the first five. In short, England deserved to lose. We wasted the talent we had on the bench our ability to control the game. We had the players to beat the Italians but squandered everything. We simply refused to play football. The Italians deserved it.
Docter Khumalo
Docter Khumalo:
Considering they hardly played the entire tournament, I'm gonna say yes . Utterly perplexed at how after not picking them for games, you now have this enormous faith in them to take the most high pressure penalty in the history of English football, aye dead on, that was poor.
No Shot
No Shot:
Bringing them on wasnt a mistake , the mistake was NEVER/BARELY giving them gametime and expecting them to be at their best when they've been warming the bench most of the tournament
Arsenal FC 1886
Arsenal FC 1886:
Southgate needs to be held accountable, Grealish/Sterling or even Pickford should’ve taken a penalty before Saka.
arviin 6
arviin 6:
I feel for saka. The pressure was too much for kid. More experience player should have taken it. The big mistake was to take hendo out. When the team need leadership.
Southgate was criminal, who puts a 19 year boy to take the 5th penalty, who puts 2 young guys on the last minute just to take penalties. This defeat was self inflicted.
North London's Most Red - Arsenal Podcast
North London's Most Red - Arsenal Podcast:
Rashford made sense taking a penalty! I’m not quite sure why the more experienced players didn’t take any instead of making sancho and Saka take them! 🤯🤯🤯
Vismay Gupta
Vismay Gupta:
Mistake was not going for a 2nd goal when you had early lead... Sit back, defend and play on counters was mistake
Southgate is to blame for this final. He has had the deepest quality squad this Euro but he has utilized the same guys and always leave subs for the very end when guys ain’t got time to do anything. Like Sancho and Rashford on at 119th min, fine you want them for pens but give them like 10 mins. Those guys have been sitting cold on the bench for the entire match and need to warm up , feel the ball and get a sense of the intensity of the game. Also why is Southgate letting a 19 year old take the most important penalty for England since 1966? Terrible management. Southgate has gotten 2 “easy” runs in the World Cup and this Euro but when facing a team of the same level, his management or lack of has been exposed. The types of players of England has and Southgate’s style does not bring the best out of this team. The attacking talent is criminally under utilized.
aj 1000
aj 1000:
Bringing 2 young lads on who hadn't touched the ball just to take penalties was a recipe for disaster. When you have experienced players like Henderson, Sterling why not let them take it???? Southgate set the team up for failure.
Vilhelm Thomsen
Vilhelm Thomsen:
Dont blame the penalty shooters, 71 percent ball possession for Italy says it all!
Booing during anthems, disrespectful, tearing off silver medals. Shame on you England. Well deserved Italy, whole continental Europe is rooting for you.
Mancini out coached southgate the whole game. This was a manager who can manage vs a man who has one plan and doesnt chnage regardless of the situation. Even when young saka came on he looked nerved, experienced coach would of noticed. Best manager won the tournament and his team backed him up
anthony mm
anthony mm:
Well done Italy!!!😁🏆🇮🇹 All Croatia was with you tonight!
Csokops #glazersout
Csokops #glazersout:
I don't understand why he would put them on to take crucial penalties when he hasn't trusted them at all throughout the tournament. And Saka was pretty much set up for failure. It's disappointing but that's football
Football Investors Club
Football Investors Club:
Everybody is going to pick apart how and why the penalties were missed but spare a thought for both goalkeepers, who did a fantastic job & made it super difficult for the penalty takers.
Gaurav Moon
Gaurav Moon:
Hardly any game time and now these two have to take penalties in the final. I can't get my head over how that Saka takes a penalty over Grealish, Shaw.
D Lenon
D Lenon:
Pickford was phenomenal! Love him ❤️
I L:
It was a terrible decision in some many levels: 1. When you send to the pitch a player just to kick a penalty kick, the player while is warming up on the sideline is constantly thinking about the penalty kick he is going to kick in a few minutes, that creates an insane amount of psychological pressure, even more if you are an 18 year old player. 2. When you send these two players to the the field in the last minute, you are already telling your opponent coach the name of two of the kickers, that made easier for Donnaruma to prepare for the penalty kicks. 3 If someone is going to kick a penalty kick, let them play for a few minutes at least so they can have that feeling and motion of kicking the ball. In American Football when a kicker needs to kick a field goal, he warms up on the sideline kicking the football multiple times, because they need to have that sense of the motion of kicking the football. In Football you can't have the players warming up on the side kicking the football but the next best thing is that you send them to the pitch for a few minutes and let them have that contact with the football. Sending an 18 yr old to the pitch in the last minute to kick a penalty is as insane as in American Football sending an 18 yr old kicker without warming up to kick the winning field goal in the super bowl. No coach ever will do that.
Did Southgate seriously bench Jadon Sancho for the whole tournament and when he DOES bring him on, it's to take a penalty?
Edwin Quevedo
Edwin Quevedo:
Great to see that justice was made and Italy stopped the divers from winning a tournament clearly rigged to favor England. Beautiful day in football history ❤️❤️❤️
Dick Riggles
Dick Riggles:
England took a dive. Rashford aiming for the post was crazy. Even watching again, it's damning.
Expectations - It's coming home 😂

Reality - only English fans and players came home from stadiums and pubs 😂
Davy Jones-Locker
Davy Jones-Locker:
Excellent analysis, and one which I was concerned about. Essentially, Southgate, in a final, did not make any changes until extra time?! Grealish, Saka and Henderson, and Sancho somewhere, should have been brought on after 60 minutes. This was a terrible error in my view. Sterling and Kane were far too deep, and Shearer even mentioned that Kane did not get inside the 18 yard box today. England were soaking up a lot in the second half.

But I still back Southgate to by the manager for at least another 10 years as he has taken England to a major tournament final and exceeded my own expectations from the beginning to be honest. I am 45 and I have not seen this in all of my years, with the best England teams being in Italia '90 and Euro '96 - they did not reach a final. Southgate in 3 years has led England to a World Cup Semi final and also a Euro final - this is tremendousThey are playing as a team and establishing themselves after all of those years in the wilderness under Erikson, Capello, McClaren, Hodgson and Allardyce. Southgate has established a fresh, modern and pragmatic management style and this is amazing.
Partha Sur
Partha Sur:
Sterling, Shaw and Grealish should have taken the penalties instead of Rashford, Sancho and Saka.
Francis Rodrick
Francis Rodrick:
Italy just saved me from noise pollution
Imagine bringing those two on only for penalties. He could have brought them on 20 minutes earlier to actually win the game, especially if Sterling wasn't taking penalties anyway
aaron steed
aaron steed:
Southgate found out, totally outclassed, well done Italy
No joke pickford actually played very
Ondřej Tureček
Ondřej Tureček:
England had relatively easy route and circumstances these past 2 tournaments. But I think their player quality is so high they can be more dominant and not just waste potential fearfully defending like this. After all, attack, pressure, control of the ball is the best defense and when the opponents attack, your defenders are fresh and the opponents are tired. England have physicality, pace, tehcnical quality in some players, set pieces...we kind of saw it in first 25 minutes and that wasn't nearly the best starting 11 for this style!
I am 100% convinced Southgate is not a good enough manager. He has his human qualities etc. but this "reaction" to the game and the whole tactics/strategy from the start, the way he sees England, is not sufficient.
The biggest mistake by Southgate is not winning 2:0 or 3:1 after regular time, with that fantastic start and Italy psychologically down. It was "Croatia 2018" all over again. A better manager would keep the same defensive solidity but play 4, not 2 really dangerous players upfront.
didnt play sancho and rashford for the entire tournament and subbed them on the 120th minute to take the most important pens in england's history..sounds about right
Thomas O'loughlin
Thomas O'loughlin:
All through the tournament things fell in to place for southgate but when he had the chance to push forward against italy he didn't then when they equalised he couldn't he was too negative when it mattered and as for asking young Saka to take that penalty enough said ,and what was rashford doing
Prince Whitely
Prince Whitely:
I think I now appreciate ronaldo for being so good at taking on the pressure of scoring a penalties each time is something to not overlook because that moment can be the deciding factor of a match and some of the greatest names do miss vital penalties
Everyone could miss a penalty, Baggio missed the final penalty on USA '94 and he was one of the greatest of all time and in its prime, but from the other side, when I realized england was defending the 1-0 from the very beginning, while the whole Wembley went quieter and quieter, I started to believe that we could won.
Love the way Tim breaks stuff down.
Watching England lose isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle, a reason to breathe, an escape from this cruel world filled with thieves. It’s art, the first gift you open on Christmas, a hug from a loved one, it’s everything you ever wanted, it’s everything you need.
Mheng Godzilla
Mheng Godzilla:
For me, Sancho is the real player of the tournament. In 7 games only sat on the bench, then substituted on for a penalty shoot-out and then decided the tournament with just one shot. Nobody can imitate him so quickly. 😊
He showed them he had no faith in them by not playing them the entire tournament, if Sterling was not gonna take a penalty why was he still on the pitch…..Then to have Saka go last, what a Joke
Gregory Wright
Gregory Wright:
It’s utterly outrageous. As a Manager you can’t put all this weight, of a whole country, on the shoulders of terrific offensive players that barely touched a ball all tournament long AND a u19 Saka ! But England hasn’t lost on Penalties in my eyes. Gareth Southgate hasn’t managed to showcase the 1/2 of offensive talent that England has. We know that we’re great on defense, we need to translate our offensive game, we have too much young talent in Rashford, Grealish, Sancho and Foden for them not to play in a final. These 4 players can be massive difference makers during the match ! And again we rely too much on our defense FFS we know that we’re great defenders, develop the offensive game, counter-attacks... we have speed, creativity, touch, goal scorers but yet.. Maybe one day it’ll come home, but for that we have to change our style of play, we have to play modern football at least on the attacking side with talented and quick running wingers, a great striker and a solid technical n°10 and we have the players to do that. Will England upgrade their style of play to better themselves ? I really do hope so because they have everything to succeed. Football hasn’t come this close to coming home, I feel it’s near, but we have to change and develop our offensive talent, that’s the KEY to success.
I wanted to see more Sancho and Rashford during the tournament, even starting a match or two. Instead their talents were wasted on the bench in the name of being "conservative" and "pragmatic." Solid defense. Toothless offense.
We had an easy way to the finals. Played well in parts. But if we can't win against Italy who weren't brilliant, at home we don't deserve it. We always choke on penalties.
Here in Brazil we have a different idea about penalties, here it is almost a general rule, that the most important penalties must be kicked by the stars, because if he loses, he is already a star, never a rookie, if he loses, he will always be remembered for the loss.
Hyojoo Song
Hyojoo Song:
Never been a fan of penalties taken with the inside of the foot. They're so hard to stick in the corner or side netting. Always end up being closer to comfortable saving distance. On top of that, it's so much easier to scuff and get a poor connection. Look at Rashford's. He sent the keeper the wrong way brilliantly but then scuffs the connection.

Kane's pen against Schmeichel and Henderson's penalty against Columbia.

I'd hate to be in their shoes and can't say I'd do any better. But putting the laces through it just seems so much better most of the time.
Southgate ! A lame woke manager ! A disgrace!
2 players , last minute, to take penalty! What a genius!
The panel is absolutely right this time 👏👏👏
Erik Lold
Erik Lold:
Pretty sure Southgate wanted them to miss so he’d feel better about his lol. Why else would he bring them on SO late?
B.Alexander Johnstone
B.Alexander Johnstone:
Congratulations Italy. You have been brilliant from the first game. Too much nous and experience and class for our young team tonight. I admire Italy but we will be back. They will learn from this and deserve all English to stick by them.
Ash Bash Sneakers
Ash Bash Sneakers:
Awful manager.. the fact he didnt trust 2 established pros to come on erlier even if it was 10-15 mins to get a feel for the ball and get a win he got what he deserved. Ole did the same bullshit
Antony D
Antony D:
Italy 🇮🇹 were by far the better team, but the whole penalties situation was a shambles and I can’t believe the Kane took the first penalty and not the high pressure 4th or 5th 🤔
Amazing tactics by Southgate. Rests young,attacking players during 90min+ET, then rests experienced,mature players for the penalty shootout.
Lalthlamuana Chhangte
Lalthlamuana Chhangte:
I took pity on the good players who fought it nicely and if strong counter game was done during their smooth chances in the first period it was likely to score the second goal..but all such chances had vanished in the second period...In that situation the more physical with better speed players and experianced one should be On in the that luck and more chances for the winning was really predicted so so..that was my feeling even on that moment from very far place of India passed midnight IST
Adrian Garcia
Adrian Garcia:
Sancho = 20 assists a season
Southagate: mmmmm nah, I ain't playing you boy....
Congrats England for winning the European Cup 2020!
Obitrice For life
Obitrice For life:
It’s easy to blame the manager for his decisions but I still believe even if senior players had taken the penalties they would have still lost. It’s all about heart. Italy showed more heart even when they missed their pens.
I am Sam This is Daddy
I am Sam This is Daddy:
For all those saying that others should have taken the kicks need to keep in mind that the selection is earned in training and planned for ahead of time. Those players were not randomly chosen at the end of 120 minutes. And shame on any player coming out saying that they offered- they knew that they wouldn’t be one of the first five prior to the match even starting.
Afolabi Toye
Afolabi Toye:
Southgate embrace diversity in his selection for the penalty instead of experience
John Wayne94
John Wayne94:
Yes of course, they have no feeling for the ball at all at this point. A player who wants to step forward for a penalty shootout needs at least 10 minutes of game time before the penalties.
Nathaniel alaev
Nathaniel alaev:
From Southgate's 1996 penalty miss to contributing to 2 penalty misses by putting in Rashford and Sancho. I feel bad for him honestly.
777d7777 777d7777
777d7777 777d7777:
I understand Rashford taking the penalty since he is used to taking them and making them but Sancho very very rarely takes penalties while I don’t think that I ve ever seen Saka take a penalty
Johnny England
Johnny England:
I would have brought Sancho and grealish on in extra time, Saka has been good in previous games but think the experience Sancho has could have done something, we did well the first 20 mins but then did what we always do and faded away when we could have just gone all out and tried to win, especially with a defender over 35, we should have gone for it, rashford has played a few mins all tournament but expected him to score, but leaving the last one to Saka right after Pickford saved it was a mistake, one of the senior players should have stepped in. Shaw, sterling, even pickford
This is the difference between mancini and southgate, Mancini give chances for every 21 players in squad within the group matches itself👏💯
Pickford with his tiny hands saved two penalty shots. 😄
ervin chua
ervin chua:
He could’ve brought them in midst ET. At least to have them get a kick of ball or get their blood flowing.

Subbing them in and just to have their first kick to be the biggest kick of their entire life is crazy.

Same goes to Saka. He’s not even the penalty taker for Arsenal. He was tasked to take the final and most important kick for England’s 55 year international trophy drought, in the final of the Euro cup.
V Larsen
V Larsen:
How can a so extremly cautious manager be so reckless in a penalty shootout? Two players who I don't even think touched the ball before the shootout and a 19-year old on the 5th and most high pressure penalty you could ever imagine... Unbeliveable. Sterling, Grealish, Stones and Shaw should all have been ahead of Saka. I was baffled that Henderson was taken off before the penalties because he should've been 1 of the 5 takers. It wasn't wrong to have Rashford and Sancho on pens, but it was wrong to not bring at least 1 of them on 20-30 minutes earlier.

And another thing. If Southgate didn't have Sterling as one of the 5 takers, why wasn't he taken off after 90 minutes? He was completely knackered! In both halves of extra time he didnt have any energy to chase or press.

Southgate deserves praise for getting England to the final, but he sadly lost England the game last night.
matthew aiken
matthew aiken:
That was shocking fr fr. 19? Imagine. 55 years of expectation. Sigh. The 3 pens were poor TBF. Tuff. Here comes the racism🤦🏾‍♂️
M N:
We so proud of you guys ❤❤
To begin with it was a mistake not to bring Sancho earlier, they needed a playmaker and should’ve brought him in instead of Saka
Peter Strachan Music
Peter Strachan Music:
To me, they should not have been brought on so late, in such an important game, just for penelties. They had no time to get into the rythm of the game. Experienced players, who had been grafting away, should have taken them.. But Italy still might have gone on to win even if the right England players took the penalties.. It was a good game. Some great players on view...
Should have chosen some older players, with long careers with lots of highlights. Players that could miss and still be remembered for other things than missing.
Boris Godzinevski
Boris Godzinevski:
Feel worst for Pickford. He made the clutch save, one of the goals he made the best effort but physically impossible to get more contact on (the one that went through his fingers). Donnarumma made two legendary saves but Rashford deserves the most animosity because he tried some moves and hit the post. So yeah, he messed up big.
Sub if you hate influencers
Sub if you hate influencers:
I remember when Italy first Dispatched of Turkey And people like 4th Genna were calling them overrated 😂🤣 His comments sure aged well. Now that clown has been put in his place
S Bam
S Bam:
It has been said that this is a new generation of England players w/o the baggage of fear from past failures on their shoulders and could express themselves. While this may be so, the one person who retained that baggage in full was Southgate himself - and he passed it onto the team by the untra-conservative rigid style he had them play so they could _not_ fully express themselves in the entire tournament. Worse, by selecting the young guns to take the pens - especially poor young Saka - he probably has now "successfully" put the baggage onto the generation that's going to be playing for England for the next 8 -10 years. Gee thanks Gareth.
Reiana Radmanesh
Reiana Radmanesh:
GREALISH OFFERED TO TAKE A PENALTY 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼This is Southgates fault he has the final word and he decided who takes the penalty.
The mistake was playing conservatively the entire game and not bringing on Grealish early enough to actually inpact the game. It was like Southgate was playing for penalties
Rashford had been practicing his run up all week 😂
Rise Oflamis
Rise Oflamis:
As an x footballer myself, Southgate costed us the game.. if you know football the way I do which I am positive most of you do, you will agree, he didn't react to Italy's 2nd half changes, put 2 Cold players out last min for penalties which is something he was debating the entire 2nd half of extra time on his lil pad not paying attention to game, put the weight of it on saka while the experienced lads waiting... I genuinely believe he had a good run did his best but reached his limit, time to change and get a new coach to take England to the next level.. now is the right time to do it in prep for worldcup.. only then it will come home..
England already lost when they went all defensive after scoring the first goal. They should’ve rather been attacking.
After all attack is the best defence
Brennan Furlan
Brennan Furlan:
England fans are so reactive. They hate South Gate, then they love him, then they hate him. Saka shouldn’t start, then he should start
We've had an amazing 3 years with Russia 18, League of Nations 19 and Euro 20. 2 semis and a final, but it's time to move one from Southgate, he clearly don't have the hands for this talented young generation. Preparing to go to penalties, how do you take Tripper out, and put Saka and Sancho two teenagers ahead of Shaw, Grealish or Stones? Rashford was clearly not so thrilled to came on just for penalties.
Frankie Fontecchio
Frankie Fontecchio:
The best team of the tournament won plain and simple FORZA ITALIA 🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹 but I absolutely agree with Howard I hate the way Jorginho takes penalties that's what he does it I do get that but if the goalie doesn't go one way from the hop step he should already have it in his mind which way he'll go after and just blast it Instead of going with his paneka
The Matts Channel
The Matts Channel:
It could have a better scenario where they had more minutes on the pitch but what we had was better than keeping on two guys who didn't want to take penalties
England played Italy’s old style of defensive soccer. Score a goal and sit on the lead. Sometimes is works. Most of the time it doesn’t.
lone wolf
lone wolf:
They had no chance of settling into the game it was a massive ask spotlight on them i say well done to the young lads they had more gonads than most would have . Grealish could of been the star of this tournament he was wasted i honestly dont understand the decision behind this
Jyotirmoy Debkarjee
Jyotirmoy Debkarjee:
If England had won it then for them " Decision was a masterclass "
abdenbi CHIKOUN
abdenbi CHIKOUN:
In the beginning, "it's coming home", but after penalties, "it's coming to Rome".
Erhh Sdhh
Erhh Sdhh:
Rashford's penalty was atrocious, but yea it was definitely a managerial error to pick Rashford and Sancho- two guys who barely played in the entire tournament. Saka had a bit more game time but man is only 19 and had to take the last one. It was a well deserved victory by Italy- they should and will enjoy it. England can hold their heads high- they did very well and the improvement since the 2014 World Cup has been great. Onwards to Qatar
Violin Star
Violin Star:
Italy dominated the ball 70% of the time. Italians were younger with more energy. Better Italian tactics and skills.
al d
al d:
There should be voluntary penalties after every friendly match
You can’t really say that because if they had scored, then it would be hailed as genius move. But Southgate has to go. He clearly doesn’t know how to use this team.
Renaldo Matadeen
Renaldo Matadeen:
No, they missed. It happens. Don was so good in goal.
aum abu
aum abu:
from starting you guys never give any credit to Italy, it was always other teams mistake in Italy's win.
Mathew Simon
Mathew Simon:
Saka has never taken a penalty in his career.
His first penalty was in the Euro 2020 final thanks to Gareth Southgate's strange decision.
Hope Saka recovers and has a good career.