LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: l-r Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, Luke Shaw, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, John Stones and Kalvin Phillips look on during the penalty shoot out during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) (Image: GETTY)
It was a heartbreaking night for England as the nation watched their heroes lose in a tense penalty shoot out against Italy, with Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka bravely stepping up to take a penalty for their country.
Despite some big saves from Jordan Pickford, keeping penalty ace Jorginho from scoring, England couldn't quite get over the finish line to bring home their first major tournament trophy in 55 years.
After recovering from the emotional turbulence of the EURO 2020 final, Three Lions fans have been voting for who THEY would have chosen to take a penalty, with 86% disagreeing with Southgate's penalty takers and only two of the five chosen retaining their place.
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England's forward Raheem Sterling (R) consoles England's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (L) after Italy won the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match between Italy and England at the Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
With 68% of the vote, Kane keeps his spot as first penalty taker, his cool and calm penalty against Gianluigi Donnarumma showing why he is England's top striker.
Harry Maguire also keeps his position as second to step up, with 35% of the vote for him to be next to take one from the spot. It is no wonder after his camera-breaking screamer of a penalty.
With the first two penalty takers confirmed, it is all change from the England fans, with Rashford losing his place to Jack Grealish, with 23% of fans thinking the Villa ace should have been next in Southgate's line-up.
Despite Rashford's miss in the final, the decision is an interesting one from Three Lions supporters. The United star has been a consistent penalty taker and was millimetres from keeping England firmly ahead. He also has the second best penalty record behind Kane, having converted 17/19 of his previous penalties. However, Grealish has since admitted on twitter he was more than ready to take a penalty for his country.
Next up, Jadon Sancho is replaced by Luke Shaw. Is this decision because Shaw scored on the night? Maybe. But it is isn't one based on statistics. Jadon Sancho is the third best penalty taker in the England squad, scoring 11/12 of his previous penalties. Shaw has converted 1/1 penalties. The power of hindsight is out in full force.
Finally, voters believed Raheem Sterling should have been the final penalty taker, taking the remainder of the vote. Unlike the other choices, this one is actually backed up by previous records. He sits firmly as England's fourth best from the spot, having converted 4/9 of his previous penalty opportunities. Bukayo Saka had, before the final had three penalties, scoring two of them.
It is a final line-up that reflects the events of the match, but not the statistics of the team. Statistically, Southgate would have chosen Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire. He picked four out of these five.
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