Jack Grealish has hit back at any suggestions that he did not want to take a penalty for England in Sunday night's Euro 2020 final shootout defeat to Italy. .
"I said I wanted to take one!!!!" Grealish tweeted on Monday morning.
"The gaffer 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 when I said I will…"
Grealish's tweet was in reference to a Sky Sports article which quoted Roy Keane criticising the Aston Villa player and Raheem Sterling for allowing 19-year-old Bukayo Saka take a penalty.
Jack Grealish responds to Roy Keane criticism
I said I wanted to take one!!!!
The gaffer 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 when I said I will… https://t.co/3mBpKyMoUV
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) July 12, 2021
"If you're Sterling or Grealish, you cannot sit there and let a young kid walk up ahead of you," Keane said on ITV following the game.
"You can't, I don't care what anybody says...
"You can't sit there, see a young kid at 19 who is shy walking up in front of me, and I've played a lot more games and have a lot more experience?
"Sterling has won trophies. I'm not saying he wasn't prepared, maybe Gareth had him sixth or seventh.
"You can't sit there, that must be hard to take. You pull this young kid and say 'listen, I'll step up for you'."