The Three Lions were unable to knock out the Azzurri and lifted the title after taking impressive outings in the first phase of the competition.
Former Gor Mahia and Sofapaka striker Ronald Okoth has defended England coach Gareth Southgate for criticism he faced after losing the European final to Italy on Sunday.
The Three Lions, after coming unbeaten from the previous innings, went down to the Azzurri at Wembley Stadium as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed shots in the heats.
The winner had to be determined after a 1-1 draw from the penalty spot and Italy emerged victorious. Okoth believes the players should bear the blame instead of having their manager take criticism.
“When a team wins, it’s the players who always get the credit, but when a team loses, it’s always the coach who takes the blame and debt,” Okoth wrote. Facebook page.
“This is life as far as our gaffer life is concerned. I’m sure if it’s ‘older players’ who missed the penalties, Southgate could still be blamed for choosing old legs over young fresh top talent who on top of them If Rashford, Sancho and Saka had scored their penalties, the trio could have been to immortal status.
“There is no room for age excuses in football at the highest level. I’m sure the trio were chosen to take penalties not because they are young, but because they practiced and planned it as their game plan. Above all the best traits that everyone sees are their age.
“These are players who have proven that they are up there with the very experienced and best. Even some of the most experienced players bottle up under pressure, this is normal and it has nothing to do with age.”
The former KCB and Mathare United star added that the English coach only followed his plan that he could not deliver the desired results in the end: ‘Southgate just did not select them from the blues. It was clearly a game plan, but even the most experienced of players still crow under pressure and that is what happened, even Italy’s most experienced penalty kickers cracked.
“It could have gone either way. Unfortunately, that’s the excuse of the age gap used to slander a driver who clearly had his game plan in place.”
The retired striker also criticized young players who, due to their age, feel entitled to duties of the first team.
‘This’ age gap’ theory put together by a section of our local football fans has caused some of our ‘young talented players’ here at home to be entitled to opportunities because they are young and get away with it for the same reason , ”He added.
‘I have seen young players being fired from clubs because of the same right that fans have put in their heads’ this knows football’ and ‘Kenya teams only like old ones when there are young players like so and so’ and such other stories. Football does not need old or young stories.
“If you have proven yourself, you will definitely get the task that has big responsibilities. Age is just a number. It was just a game plan that went wrong and has nothing to do with age.”
After their crimes, Sancho, Saka and Rashford got racial abuse online.