Owen backs Gareth Southgate’s Bukayo Saka decision and slams "absolute b******s"

Former Real Madrid striker Michael Owen has backed Gareth Southgate's decision to give the fifth – and final – penalty to Arsenal's sensation Bukayo Saka.

The responsibility of keeping England's chances of ending 55-years-of-hurt landed on the shoulders of the 19-year-old starlet, and he saw his efforts pushed away by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Southgate came under criticism for putting such a lofty responsibility on the shoulders of the young man when seasons pros were yet to step forward for their spot-kick.

However, Owen has backed the Three Lions boss citing younger players are more fearless and willing to take risks than experienced players.

"So much to debate following Euro 2020, but I simply can’t have this 'too young at 19' theory to take a penalty," Owen began in a tweet he shared following the final.

"In fact, if my experiences are anything to go by it’s easier being young! Fearless, confident, no previous scars etc."

Owen then proceeded to tweet all of the penalty misses since Italia 90, and the youngest – on his list – was Darius Vassell, who was five years Saka's senior, after his miss against Portugal at Euro 2004.

"As I thought, the theory is absolute b*******," he concluded.

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Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips was the first player to console Saka – after he saw his penalty denied – and he was quickly joined by the rest of the Three Lions squad.

Jack Grealish came under fire for not taking a penalty, but he was quick to respond to the criticism.

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