Southgate ended up with some big calls as the final went into overtime on Sunday (Photo:.)

England players were reportedly “shocked” by Gareth Southgate’s decision to name Bukayo Saka his fifth penalty taker against Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

Harry Kane and Harry Maguire slammed home kicks for the Three Lions in the tense shootout at Wembley.

After Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho failed to hit the back of the net, the 19-year-old Arsenal sensation stepped up the need to score to keep England alive but saw his effort saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Saka was selected ahead of more experienced players like Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling, who have scored three times during the competition.

The squad immediately rushed to console the player with Southgate quickly on the pitch to comfort him after also missing a crucial penalty for his country at Wembley in 1996 against Germany.

Southgate comforted Saka full-time (Photo:.)

But according to The Mail, some England players were shocked to see Saka even put into this position by the manager.

Saka had never taken a penalty before at senior level with Southgate’s decision based on the player’s performance there in training.

Roy Keane is among the pundits who wonder why Saka took the kick, suggesting Sterling and Grealish should have made their way into the queue.

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“If you’re Sterling or Grealish, you can’t just sit there and let a young boy like Saka play in front of you,” Keane told ITV.

“You can’t let a shy 19-year-old get ahead of you.

“They have a lot more experience. Sterling won titles. He has to get up and shoot before the kid.

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