Sergio Gomez has criticised the behaviour of Manchester City teammate Cole Palmer following the U21 Euro Final between England and Spain in Georgia.
England won the U21 European Championships for the first time in 39 years on Saturday evening, dramatically beating Spain during a fiery encounter at the Batumi Arena.
Manchester City duo Cole Palmer and James Trafford played an integral role in England’s triumph, with Palmer’s deflected free-kick at the end of the first-half the only goal of a dramatic game.
However, in the 99th minute, Trafford made a stunning double save, denying Abel Ruiz from the penalty spot and again with the rebound.
The goalkeeper, who is set to sign for Burnley for £19 million after an impressive U21 Euro’s campaign and season with Bolton in League One, didn’t concede a goal during the entire the tournament, keeping six successive clean sheets.
Lee Carsley’s team are the first English side to win the U21’s Euro’s since 1984, but an enthralling encounter was overshadowed by incident in the dugouts, with four red cards shown and a series of unsavoury clashes.
Ashley Cole was sent off from the England dugout in the aftermath of Palmer’s deflected goal, while Morgan Gibbs-White was red carded prior to the full-time whistle.
Sergio Gomez started for Spain and was awarded the joint top-scorer award after scoring three goals at the tournament.
However post-match, the City full-back slammed the attitude of his club teammate Palmer and questioned his manner of celebration at full-time.
“I don’t know if we will talk about it or if he will tell me something,” said Gomez.
“I am not going to tell him anything, I have congratulated him, as it has to be done. If you want to say something to me or apologise, ask me, but the truth is that it has not been a good attitude.
“There has been nothing, he has wanted to celebrate it like this and he is done. Each one celebrates it as they want and we already know how the English are.
“In the end they are the ones who make those provocations. He has wanted to celebrate it like this, there has been a bit of a racket.
“I said in the middle of the half that we should forget about it, that we would play our game and in the second half we played better than in the first. We had the chance of a penalty and it couldn’t be scored, a shame.
“He didn’t want to apologise or anything like some of his other teammates. I don’t know, I would have celebrated it in a different way and my teammates would have done it in a different way as well.
“They [England] have the attitude they want to have. This is not the first time something like this has happened with this team.
“We have tried to represent our country in the best possible way and have the utmost respect for all our rivals. They wanted to celebrate it like this and also after the missed penalty.”
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