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Harry Maguire Comments On Englands Heartbreaking Penalty Shootout Loss To Italy In The Euro 2020 Final

England’s painful Euro 2020 final loss against Italy on penalties has been reflected on by Harry Maguire.

Gareth Southgate’s side is ‘devastated’ by the setback, according to the Manchester United centre-back, who was exceptional for the Three Lions during the tournament.

England took the lead with Luke Shaw in the second minute, but the Azzurri dominated the second half and equalized through Leonardo Bonucci.

England’s Euro 2020 final failure has left Harry Maguire sad and disappointed. Neither team could find a winner in extra time, and despite Jordan Pickford’s two penalty saves, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho all failed from the spot to crown Italy victors.

‘We are heartbroken, disappointed, gutted, the lads are upset,’ Maguire said after the game.

‘We gave it our all out there, as you can see, it was a bit of a ding dong,’ says the narrator.

We got the first half, they got the second, and overtime might have gone either way.

‘In the second session of extra time, we found another gear and applied pressure to them.’

It’s regrettable that the game had to be decided on penalties, and we didn’t come to this stadium to lose.

We wanted to bring the trophy home, and it was tragic.’ Maguire netted his penalty, but it was in vain as the Azzurri prevailed. The nature of Bonucci’s equaliser also disappointed Maguire, who thought it was lucky after confusion followed from a corner.

‘They’re a top side at times,’ he continued.

They’ll put pressure on certain aspects of the game, and we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

They didn’t create many clear-cut opportunities, but they did score on a set play.

‘I mean, it took about five ricochets in the box for it to fall to their guy for a tap-in, so it wasn’t our night, and there were occasions in the second half when we could have been braver, but there were also times when we were great and could have punished them more, especially in the first half.’

‘They’re a terrific squad, credit to Italy, they’ve been fantastic throughout the tournament,’ Maguire said of Italy, who have been outstanding under Roberto Mancini.

We controlled it well enough to deserve taking them all the way, but we couldn’t find that additional bit.’ After returning from injury for the tournament, Maguire emerged as a rock at the back alongside John Stones, with England conceding only two goals.

He netted the finest penalty of the shootout, slamming it high into the top corner, but it was in vain, and England’s 55-year search for a major tournament victory continues.

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