England’s hopes of winning a major tournament for the first time since 1966 were shattered by Italy after a penalty shoot-out, but both Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer believe Roberto Mancini’s side should have gone down to ten men in extra time.
Italian midfielder Jorginho was the recipient of a yellow card after going over the top of the ball and catching Jack Grealish.
The Chelsea player was left chasing a loose ball in his own half, but got to it second after Grealish made a superb sliding tackle.
Jorginho, however, kept his studs up and stamped on Grealish’s thigh, leaving the England man writhing on the floor in agony.
The Italy star also went down – perhaps to avoid punishment from referee – and was shown a yellow card while he received treatment.
However, both Shearer and Lampard believe he was lucky to stay on the pitch.
Speaking to BBC after the game, Shearer claimed the tackle warranted a sending off.
“It’s careless, it was endangering the safety of an opponent,” said Shearer. It was over the top and it should’ve been a red card.”
Lampard agreed with Shearer’s comments, and claimed Jorginho would have been sent off if the tackle had been made in the Premier League.
The former Chelsea manager explained that VAR should have looked at the tackle, and that referee Bjorn Kuipers would have given a red if he had seen it in slow motion.
“It feels like it follows on from VAR,” he said. “There’s been a lot of good things about VAR, but I’m pretty sure in the Premier League that gets looked at on the monitor and it’s a red card.
“It’s not always easy to nail them straight away. But I think it’s a red card when you see it there.”
Jorginho stayed on the pitch and saw his penalty saved by Jordan Pickford, but fortunately for him, Bukayo Saka was unable to convert England’s fifth penalty, sending the European Championship trophy to Italy.
Speaking after the game, Jordan Henderson admitted Jorginho’s tackle was “bad”, but refused to say whether he believed it warranted a red card.
“I’m not sure [if Jorginho should have been sent off], I think at the time it looked bad,” he said. “Jack’s got a lot of cuts on both legs.
“You can’t really look at that, it’s one of those things.
“We gave absolutely everything, we kept pushing in extra time but couldn’t find a winner and when it goes to penalties it’s a bit of a lottery.”
England captain Harry Kane was visibly distraught after the game, but expressed he wanted to focus on how far the team has come in recent years rather than the disappointment of losing.
“We should be extremely proud as a group of what we’ve achieved,” he said.
“We’re all winners and we want to win so it’s going to hurt for a while and it’ll probably hurt for the rest of our careers but that’s football. We progressed well from Russia and now it’s about continuing that.
“We’ve got a great squad with loads of young players hungry for more football like this so that’s all we can do. Build and learn and hopefully go into next year in a better way.”