England’s chances of winning Euro 2020 were dashed as Italy won a tight penalty shoot-out 3-2 in the final on Sunday.
After a 1-1 draw at Wembley, substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed penalty kicks as the Italians won.
Jordan Pickford stopped penalties from Andrea Belotti and Jorginho, but Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Sakas crucial strike.
The key spot-kick from Saka was saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (PA Wire). It had all started so well for England, who were looking for their first major prize win since the 1966 World Cup.
After Pickford had saved a Marco Verratti header onto the post, Italy came back and forced extra time. Leonardo Bonucci scored on 67 minutes after Pickford had turned a Marco Verratti header onto the post.
In a tense extra 30 minutes, neither team could find a way through, and the game was decided by penalties.
Southgate raises his hand Dejected England manager Gareth Southgate accepted responsibility for selecting the penalty-takers (PA Wire) Southgate, who knows all too well the anguish of missing a key penalty after his experience at Euro 96, took full responsibility for his team’s failures from the spot.
Rashford and Sancho, two of the players that were left out, were only added to the game in the final minute of extra time.
Southgate told ITV: “We prepared as well as we could for that, and that’s my duty; I chose the players to take the kicks.”
“No one is alone in such position.”
We decided to make the changes right at the end of the game, and we win and lose as a team.” On selecting Saka to take the fifth penalty and also making extremely late substitutes to get additional takers on, he added: “Thats my decisionto give him the penalty, so it is fully my responsibility: It is not him, Marcus, or Jadon.”
Kane, who scored in the shootout alongside Harry Maguire, told the BBC: “Penalties are obviously the worst thing in the world when you lose.”
It wasn’t our night, but it’s been an incredible tournament, and we should be proud of ourselves.
A penalty can be missed by anyone.
We both win and lose as a team.
“Of course it’ll hurt for a while, but we’re on the right track, and maybe we’ll be able to improve next year,” Harry Kane said.
“A penalty can be missed by anyone.”
We both win and lose as a team.
We’ll learn from it, and the lads will benefit.
Shearer felt penalties were a hefty ask for substitutes Alan Shearer (left) was working as a pundit at the game (PA Wire) Former England striker Alan Shearer felt Southgate was asking too much of Sancho and Rashford to take penalties.
“It’s a big ask to send people on with a minute to go and tell them to go and take a penalty when they haven’t touched the ball,” Shearer told the BBC.
Rio Ferdinand, who is also a TV analyst, stated that none of them should be ashamed.
“That’s happening for years, guys go on as takers in the last five, four, three minutes,” he remarked.
“Marcus Rashford has a reputation for being a risk taker.”
When we look back throughout the years, the biggest and best players have consistently missed penalties.
Famous names from the past.
Supporters were in a party mood at Wembley, although some without tickets forced their way into the stadium (PA Wire) The game was the finale of a riotous day in London, when thousands of supporters descended on the capital to party.
There were few instances where things got out of hand, most notably at Wembley Stadium, where a number of ticketless spectators were able to obtain admission.
Fans breached security cordons to access the outer area and head towards the main gates, according to footage recorded from within Wembley’s perimeter.
Many reports from within the arena suggested that many people had obtained entrance to the stands, with more viewers than seats in some areas.
These individuals are a disgrace to the England team.
The FA first stated that “no security breaches of those without tickets getting inside the stadium” had occurred, but at halftime, a Wembley official revealed that “a small group of people” had gotten admission.
“We strongly condemn the behavior of a group of persons who forced their way into Wembley Stadium before the EURO 2020 final,” an FA spokeswoman said.
This is unacceptably bad.
“These people are an embarrassment to the England team and to all of the true fans who wanted to enjoy one of the most important matches in our history.” Picture of the day Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci celebrates with the trophy after his side’s triumph (PA Wire) Stat of the day
The only other players are Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.
His early score, which came after just one minute and 57 seconds, was also a Euro final record-breaker.