Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has criticised England forward Marcus Rashford over his penalty in the Euro 2020 final loss to Italy.
The Manchester United striker’s tame effort rebounded off the post as England eventually lost 3-2 on penalties.
“I’ve never taken a penalty with that style. I always consider there’s a penalty [style] for me and many takers take them very well,” Lampard told the BBC.
“But in the training ground behind closed doors, that shuffle and wait [which Rashford used] is much easier.
“With the pressure of what this game brings, it’s harder.”
But Lampard was not buying the criticism of Raheem Sterling, who did not take one of the five penalties.
“I’m not sure Raheem is absolutely a penalty taker at heart,” Lampard added.
“And I think you have to give credit as much to say, ‘I’m not feeling it’, for whatever reason.
“You can’t over-analyse this now, it’s a horrible moment.”
In a statement on his social media, England forward Rashford explained what was going through his head as he took the penalty, while also paying tribute to his teammates.
“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time,” Rashford said.
“I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence.
“I’ve always backed myself for a penalty but something didn’t feel quite right. During the long run up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted.
“I felt as though I let my teammates down. I felt as though I had let everyone down. A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep so why not that one? It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels.
“Final. 55 years. One penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had of [sic] gone differently.
“Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shoutout my teammates. This summer has been one of the best camps I’ve experienced and you’ve all played a role in that. A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable, your success is my success, your failures are mine.”
Many have rallied around Rashford, Sancho and Saka, however, the trio were subject to vile racist abuse online shortly after the conclusion of the match.
A mural of Rashford in Withington, Manchester, was defaced but many of the residents have come together to replace the graffiti with messages of love and support.