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Arsenal's starlet, Bukayo Saka, stepping up for the fifth penalty in the Euro 2020 penalty shoot-out raised questions as to why a 19-year-old was taking the crucial spot-kick.
And now footage has emerged of England boss Gareth Southgate approaching Saka – as well as Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho – asking them to take a pen ahead of the shoot-out.
All three missed their penalty kicks as football didn't quite come home this summer, instead, taking a break in Rome.
However, as Southgate approached the trio they all agreed without hesitation to take a spot kick – the biggest of their young careers.
The video shows Southgate first approaching, soon-to-be Manchester United winger Sancho, who is quick to nod his head in acceptance.
Rashford is next, and the Red Devils star also quickly nods in agreement with his gaffer.
Saka is last, and before Southgate has said a word, the Arsenal winger is already nodding, wanting to take a penalty.
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish can also be seen hovering around Southgate, waiting to be asked to step up for a penalty, confirming his stance that he wanted to take a spot-kick after coming under criticism for not taking one.
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Southgate said in his post-match interview: "We prepared as well as we could for the (penalty shootout), that’s my responsibility, I chose the guys to take the kicks.
"In the end, we weren’t quite able to see the game through in the normal regulation time."
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- Gareth Southgate
- Marcus Rashford
- England Football Team
- Euro 2020
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