Italy take the title beating England 3-2 in a penalty shoot out.
England have not made or won a European final in over 55 years but that didn’t stop Southgate’s England squad reaching the final to play Italy who have not lost a Euros final they have been in.
What I will say is congratulations to the young lads that made it this far, its an achievement and well deserved, it was a tough match and they took it to the end and we at Networthpick are proud of you!
Now!!! I must question some of Southgate’s decisions which may have resulted in England not taking back the win this time.
- England after scoring the leading goal, sat back and played a very defensive game, leaving Italy open to attack in the second half. To be honest England started to look a little lost and struggled to push forward to score a 2nd. I will say this resulted in the goal by Italy to make it 1-1.
- There was not a change in game play or the mid field line up at the start of extra time, England seemed to be playing the same tactics they played before which then led them to a penalty shoot out.
- Southgate’s choice of penalty shooters, now I question whether this was a calculated decision or just a plain mistake on his behalf. As amazing players Zaka, Rashford and Sancho are they were the less experienced players in squad, it made no sense to give these three young lads this kind of pressure knowing this. To me it felt like he put them there to play an easy blame game if England lose. He had all the choices of senior players and chose the new ones to take the heat! If I really want to WIN a game against a team as big as Italy, I would have chose more experienced players to take the shots, while Italy chose all experience players because they wanted to WIN!, does that not make more sense. I do believe he made a bad decision which was a mistake on his part.
All in all it was an exciting game which had us all at the edge of our seats. I hope the media really take note of doing the right thing when commentating on this game and not laying easy blame to the 3 men who missed the penalties. England as a team were responsible for the loss as they had a dominant lead and let it slide, lets not make it a race war due to the colour of skin of the young lads who gave it their very best.
Twitter has already seen racist comments towards them which is not acceptable and something we are fighting against at Networthpick.
Remembering its just a game and we are all on the same team, Unity is better than Scrutiny
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