‘It’ll come home at the World Cup’: English sportstars react after losing Euro 2020 title to Italy

It didn’t come home. Italy put an end to England’s Euro 2020 dreams, ending their Wembley party in the cruellest fashion with a penalty shootout defeat in the final on Sunday.

The whole of England had been brimming with hope and expectation, but the Italians had the last word. While Italy now have two European Championships to add to their four World Cup triumphs, England’s wait for silverware stretches into a 56th year.

For the hosts it had all started so brightly, when they took the lead inside two minutes through a cracking Luke Shaw goal, but they were then reeled in by a cannier, more experienced side on the night. With his side locked at 1-1 against Italy after 120 minutes of the Euro 2020 final, the game was decided from the penalty spot and three of Southgate’s players missed to gift the title to the Italians.

With the clock ticking up towards 120 minutes, the England manager brought on 23-year-old Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho (21). Both took kicks in the shootout, with Rashford hitting the post and Sancho’s penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.With England needing to score to stay alive, 19-year-old Bukayo Saka was called on to take what proved to be the final spot-kick, Donnarumma saving again to secure the trophy for Italy 3-2 on penalties.

Here is how the sporting world reacted:

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