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Sunday, 19 May 2024 – 17:50

‘Heartbreaking’ – England lose to Italy on penalties in UEFA Euro 2020 final

England have lost to Italy on penalties in the final of UEFA Euro 2020 at Wembley.

Luke Shaw scored after just 1 minute and 50 seconds of the final at Wembley, making it the fastest ever goal in a Euros final. Leonardo Bonucci scored in the 67th minute to put Italy level and at the end of both normal and extra time, the game remained 1-1.

Italy won 3-2 on penalties, with Saka and Sancho having attempts saved for England and Rashford missing.

Both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer were in attendance at Wembly. Following the game, Sir Keir tweeted, “Heatbreaking. On and off the pitch, this team is the very best of our country. They’ve done us proud.” Shortly afterwards, Mr Johnson tweeted, “That was a heartbreaking result to end #Euro2020 but Garteh Southgate and his @England squad played like heroes. They have done the nation proud and deserve great credit”.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William was also attending and described the result as ‘heartbreaking” but said the England team can “all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves”.

Messages of support had been shared across the country ahead of the game, from messages on train departure boards to displays of flags hanging from buildings. Reports in recent days had suggested that an extra bank holiday for this summer could be announced by the Prime Minister if England had won the Euros. Many workplaces and schools around the country had already said that people would be able to attend later in the morning on Monday, to help them enjoy the game, regardless of the result.

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