England were beaten by Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.
Gareth Southgate’s side had got off to a dream start with Luke Shaw’s goal after just two minutes, but Leonardo Bonucci’s close-range effort gave Italy a deserved equaliser on 67 minutes.
Despite their possession, Italy were unable to break down the England defence and the match went into extra time and then to penalties.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made two saves in the shoot-out but misses by Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka proved decisive.
But all three players, and the manager, “deserve to be cut all the slack for the joy they’ve given the country during this tournament”.
While England will look back at another missed opportunity of winning a major tournament for the first time since 1966, in Italy the country celebrated as captain Giorgio Chiellini lifted the Henri Delaunay trophy.
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