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Gareth Southgate Is To Blame For Englands Penalty Shootout Defeat In Euro 2020 Matchday 31

After his young England side’s Euro 2020 dream ended in all-too-familiar penalty heartbreak in Sunday’s final against Italy, Gareth Southgate took the fall.

After a 1-1 draw at Wembley, substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed penalty shots as the Italians won 3-2 on spot kicks.

Jordan Pickford saved penalties from Andrea Belotti and Jorginho, but Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Sakas vital final strike.

It had all started so well for England, who took the lead after only two minutes through Luke Shaw, but Italy fought back in the second half through Leonardo Bonucci to force extra time.

They must leave with their heads held high.

Manager Gareth Southgate, who knows all about the agony of missing a penalty after missing one at Euro 96, stressed: “I just said to them that we couldn’t have any recriminations.”

We win and lose as a team.

Nobody is left alone, and I made the penalty calls – it was my decision, my decision to ask the players to take the penalties that they did.

“They had to leave here with their heads held high.”

Kane consoles team-mates Harry Kane thought his team-mates could hold their heads high (PA Wire) England captain Harry Kane provided words of support to the three players who missed the penalties.

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.

“Of course, it’ll hurt for a while, but we’re on the right track, and hopefully we’ll be able to improve next year.”

“A penalty can be missed by anyone.”

We’ll learn from it, and the lads will benefit.

Shearer felt penalties were a hefty ask for subs Alan Shearer (left) was working as a commentator at the game (PA Wire) Former England striker Alan Shearer felt Southgate was asking too much of Sancho and Rashford to take penalties.

Only in the penultimate minute of extra time did the duo enter the fray.

“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.”

It occurs.

When we look back throughout the years, the biggest and best players have consistently missed penalties.

Famous names from the past.

The Football Association was compelled to describe a number of supporters as an “embarrassment” after forcing their way into the stadium without tickets (PA Media) on an added sour note for England.

A mob of supporters were seen breaching Wembley’s security cordons and racing towards the entry gates prior to the game. Initially, stadium officials said no one got as far as into the arena itself, but by halftime, it was recognized that “a small group of people” had gotten access.

That was the finale of a wild day in London, with thousands of supporters flocking to the capital to party at several important monuments, mainly around Wembley Stadium.

“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 shame to the England squad and to all of the true fans who wanted to enjoy one of the most important matches in our history,” the organization said after Rashford, Sancho, and Saka were subjected to racist internet abuse following the defeat.

“The FA strongly condemns all kinds of discrimination and is outraged by the online racism directed towards some of our England players on social media,” a representative for the FA stated.

“We cannot stress enough that anyone involved in such heinous behavior is not welcome to join the squad.”

“We will do everything we can to help the players affected while calling for the harshest penalties imaginable for those responsible,” Bonucci said in a quote of the day.

The 34-year-old defender, who equalized in the 67th minute for his side, was pleased to change a key phrase in the Three Lions anthem from home to Rome.

Apologies for their inconvenience, but the cup will be flying to Rome in style.

“We’ve been hearing it day in and day out since Wednesday night, since the Denmark game, that the cup was coming home to London,” Leonardo Bonucci remarked.

“I’m sorry for them, but the cup will be enjoying a wonderful flight to Rome, where Italians from all over the world will be able to enjoy this competition.”

“We added from day one it was for them and for us,” Shaw said. Shot of the day Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci celebrates with the trophy after his side’s victory (PA Wire) Stat of the day It may not have been England’s night, but Shaw can take great pride in joining a select group of players from the country who have scored in a major final.

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.

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