Few days after England made it to the UEFA European 2020 final after 55 years, their hope of making remarkable history was defeated after losing to Italy on penalty on Sunday night.
England qualified for their first final after 1966 with the hope of claiming the title for the very first time in history.
After the loss, England in one of its official social media handles stated, “We made some history, but couldn’t achieve the one thing we’re all dreaming of. But football is about more than trophies, and we’ve seen that all summer. Coming home? Perhaps it was here all along”.
“Football, it’s not just about trophies, and how we’re still waiting. It’s not about the goals we scored, or the ones we didn’t. It’s about the journeys we have taken, from our root to the top. It’s the friends we’ve made, the people we represent and standing alongside them when times become hard. It’s been together. Football is family. It’s community. It’s unity. It’s home”.
Also making reference to their past outings and looking at what the future holds, Englaand wrote:
“This has been some journey. As a nation, we were united in a belief that we can achieve something special after the hardest of years. It wasn’t meant to be, but this team is just getting started. They will continue to make you proud, both on and off the pitch.
The England Coach, Gareth Southgate who took responsibility after the loss said “In terms of penalties, that’s my call and totally rest on me”.
He further insisted not to blame the players who missed their penalties because as a team they were all unhappy after the penalty shootout.
The game, which ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of play saw Italy win the UERO 2020 by 3-2 on penalty shootout.
Marcus Rashord, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were three players on England list with all missing their penalties, which denied them making the long-awaited history.
However, with Domenico Berardi, Leonardo Bonucci, who scored the equalizing goal, and Federico Bernardeschi all scoring their penalties for Italy made them lift the trophy for the second time in history.
However, the final created some remarkable record with Luke Shaw scoring the fastest goal of the tournament in 2 minutes in the first half since EURO 2020 commenced, to give England an edge over Italy but unfortunately could not capitalise on it.
The fastest goal scorer made the Manchester United left-back record his first goal for this country (England) while on international duty in the final against Italy.
The 34-year-old Italian Leonardo Bonucci equally scored an equalizer at the 67th minute making it his 8th international goal and his first goal scored in EURO 2020.
With EURO 2020 over, Italy are now crowned as the winners of the European Championship for the second time in history, ending a 53 years wait.