‘The pain of the defeat is huge’

    ‘The pain of the defeat is huge’


    England manager Gareth Southgate and players applaud during the trophy presentation after losing the penalty and Italy winning Euro 2020. Photo: Reuters



    England manager Gareth Southgate and players applaud during the trophy presentation after losing the penalty and Italy winning Euro 2020. Photo: Reuters

    Gareth Southgate famously tried to deal with the embarrassment of losing a crucial 96-euro fine by making a pizza ad with a bag over his head, but he did not seem to have learned too many shooting lessons in 25 years.

    With his team locked in 1-1 against Italy after 120 minutes of the Euro 2020 final, the game was decided on penalties and three of the Southgate players lost to give the title to the Italians.

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    “It’s up to me. I decided on the players based on what we did in training, and no one is alone. We won together as a team … in terms of penalties, it’s my call,” he stays with me completely, “he said. Southgate on the BBC.

    With the clock reaching 120 minutes, the England coach brought 23-year-old Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho (21). They both kicked, with Rashford hitting the post and Sancho’s penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

    With England scoring to stay alive, 19-year-old Bukayo Saka was called in to take what proved to be the last spot-kick, Donnarumma saves again to secure the trophy for Italy 3-2 on penalties.

    “We were well prepared and we started well, unfortunately we could not make a conversion tonight. They (the players) can not see themselves in how they practice (penalty), because they could not do it more or better.” , said Southgate.

    Striker Harry Kane, who forged England’s first spot, was blunt in his estimation.

    “The penalties are penalties. We went through a process. The boys did what they could, it just wasn’t our night,” he said.

    “We are very disappointed. The players were an absolute credit, they gave what they could. They could run on the ground. Sometimes they played very well, sometimes we did not hold the ball well enough, especially at the beginning of the second half, but we can not make classes again, it was a pleasure to work together. “

    “They have gone further than we have gone so far, but tonight is incredibly painful in this wardrobe. It ‘s below me. I decided the players based on what they have done in training and no one is theirs. We won together as a team and it’s all of us that we can’t win the game tonight. But in terms of penalties, this is my call. He is completely with me. “

    “Right now, the pain of defeat is huge, we wanted to give the nation another special night and we could not do it. The World Cup feels a million miles away, but this team can be better and can improve, the “The number of young players we have bloody was fantastic. But the future … yes, I need some time to think about it,” he said.

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