sport news MATT LE TISSIER: I've never been a fan of the stuttering run-up - keep ...

sport news MATT LE TISSIER: I've never been a fan of the stuttering run-up - keep ...
sport news MATT LE TISSIER: I've never been a fan of the stuttering run-up - keep ...
MATT LE TISSIER: I've never been a fan of the stuttering run-up - keep penalties simple... and sending Bukayo Saka up last was a strange decision, that's when you need your best takers

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Sending 19-year-old Bukayo Saka to take England’s fifth penalty against Italy was a strange decision.

That’s me being an old pro who was only involved in one shootout and when the manager asked me to take the first penalty I said, ‘No, I’ll take the last one.’

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I wanted that responsibility because I had confidence in my ability that when it got to the business end of the shootout, that’s when you needed your most experienced and best penalty-takers.

Bukayo Saka took England's highly pressurised fifth penalty in the Euro 2020 final

Bukayo Saka took England's highly pressurised fifth penalty in the Euro 2020 final

But he saw his spot-kick saved resulting in England losing their first final in 55 years

But he saw his spot-kick saved resulting in England losing their first final in 55 years

I don’t like seeing your best going first because it exposes the back-end to lads who maybe haven’t taken many. Unfortunately, that was the case against Italy.

I don’t know if there is a common theme with the penalties England have missed down the years but I’ve never been a fan of the stuttering run-up or delaying kicking the ball.

It looks great when it comes off. When it doesn’t, it looks rubbish. You put yourself under a lot more pressure trying that. Keep it as simple as you possibly can. 

Matt Le Tissier famously only failed to score one of his 48 career penalties. Above he is pictured scoring for Southampton in a game against Tottenham Hotspur in 1995

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