EXCLUSIVE BY CHARLIE WYETT
Harry Maguire has paid tribute to England’s penalty takers — and admitted he would not have taken one for his country at such a young age.
Maguire said: “When I was 19 or 20, I would have been standing there saying ‘I don’t want to take one’.
“There is no chance I would have been putting my hand up at their age.
“So look at the courage and bravery of these young lads, look at the age of Bukayo, Jadon and Marcus.
“The things I have gone through have made me more confident and have given me belief.
“I am able to handle those situations better, now I am happy to take one and I executed it well.
“These people who are being abusive would not be able to handle the pressure.
“It is the highest amount of pressure you will feel, so to do it at their age and to show such bravery should be applauded.
“I spoke with the three lads afterwards. I have checked up with them and seen how they are but they are courageous lads.
“They should be applauded rather than criticised.
“I took a penalty in a play-off final shootout for Sheffield United when I was 19 but doing it for England is completely different.”
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