Follow live reaction after England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy at Wembley tonight. The 55-year wait for a major tournament trophy goes on.
Luke Shaw had given Gareth Southgate’s side a spectacular start as the full-back volleyed England ahead inside the first two minutes. But Italy slowly grew back into the game and, after a goalmouth scramble, centre-back Leonardo Bonucci equalised after 67 minutes.
After a tense end to normal time as Italy poured on the pressure, a stalemate in extra time led to the shootout, with England falling agonisingly short at the final hurdle.
Jordan Pickford saved from Andrea Belotti and Jorginho but Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed crucial spot kicks in the shootout to spark jubilant scenes for the Italians.
Follow all the latest reaction from the Euro 2020 final at Wembley below.
Devastated Southgate sure England players will bounce back
On the night’s performance Southgate added to ITV: “In the end we weren’t quite able to see the game through in regulation time. Italy showed what an outstanding side they are.
“Our players have done themselves proud, everyone has been exceptional. Unbelievably disappointed not to have gone one step further
“It’s hard to reflect at this moment because the disappointment is enormous for all of us but this group of players have done themselves proud.
“I know tonight will be the pin that burst the balloon but I hope they (the public) remember what this team has given them.
“I think we have given everyone some fantastic nights, we wanted to give them one more and we were so close to giving them that.
“It is hard for me at this moment to put that into words.”
Asked about the positives looking forward to next year’s World Cup the England boss added: “At the moment it is hard for me to look that far ahead.
“This was a wonderful opportunity and at the moment I need to let that sink in before I think about Qatar.”
Harry Kane says England will be back despite final heartache
The skipper spoke after full-time:
“We will look back and look at things we could have done better. That is what we have to learn from,” he said.
“We have a big 18 months ahead of us. We have to get it out of our minds and focus on that.
“I think for sure (it feels like) a missed opportunity. It’s not every day you get into finals, especially for the national team.
“The opportunity was there for us, we didn’t quite take it and that’s going to hurt for a very long time – but that’s football and we have to get over it and move on.
“We have to build belief from this, we have a great young squad. We have to dust ourselves down, hold our heads high and get ready for that tournament.”
Arrests around Wembley as fans clash
British police said on Sunday they had arrested 45 people while policing the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England, after fans clashed with each other and officials near Wembley stadium.
“A number of officers remain on duty, helping fans leaving Wembley or central London. We are there to look out for your safety,” the Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.
England players defended after missing from the spot
Rio Ferdinand told the England players who missed penalties in their Euro 2020 final loss to hold their heads high.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed from the spot as Italy won 3-2 on spot kicks at Wembley after a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.
“I’ve seen seasoned players with hundreds of games under their belts turn away,” Ferdinand said in defence of those who missed.
The defeat, described by the Duke of Cambridge on Twitter as heartbreaking, was another high-profile shoot-out loss for the Three Lions.
Rashford and Sancho were new to the pitch when they missed, and Alan Shearer told the BBC: “It’s a big ask to put players on with a minute to go and say ‘go and take a penalty’ when they’ve had no feel of the ball. You’re put in a position.”
Ferdinand added: “That’s happened for years, the last five, four, three minutes, players go on as takers. Marcus Rashford is a recognised taker. It happens. We look down the years, the biggest and best players miss penalties. Big players of the past… Baggio… they’ve missed penalties.”
It is my responsibility – Gareth Southgate shoulders blame for shoot-out defeat
Gareth Southgate took full responsibility for England’s failure from the spot as Italy secured Euro 2020 glory at Wembley.
After a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes – Leonardo Bonucci cancelled out Luke Shaw’s second-minute opener – it was a familiar spot-kick outcome for the Three Lions.
In England’s deepest moment of despair, there is hope for the future
That’s it, then. It isn’t coming home. Instead England as a nation is. Back home to that old, familiar sensation of a weighty, crushing disappointment.
Back home to a sense of what might have been. Back home to staring at the wall in a dimly-lit room in a quiet moment later this evening, replaying the critical moments, asking different questions from those in the past but all of them along a similar theme.
Reaction from Harry Kane
An understandably gutted Harry Kane spoke after the game. He touched on the penalty shootout, what went wrong and how England will reflect on a wonderful tournament saying:
We may have lost but football has still come home and everyone’s invited
There is, at least, no sense of what might have been. Nothing to close your eyes and dream about. No sight left unseen. Not even a ball left unkicked. It was all there. The whole game played out.
And that is all that any England football fan has ever really wanted, for as long as any of them can really remember. And make no mistake about it: Gareth, you are very much the one. Good grief you’ve turned us on. Italy are European champions, but football has come home again.
‘Hold your heads high’: Prince William says England team can be ‘so proud’ despite Euro 2020 final agony
Prince William has described England’s Euro 2020 defeat as “heartbreaking”, telling the team: “You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves.”
“England, you’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day.”