Italy’s jubilant fans crammed one end of a mostly abandoned Wembley Stadium, singing Football’s Coming Home instead of England’s national anthem. The irony was not missed on England’s players, fans, or manager, Gareth Southgate, as this was the happy scenario they had in mind at the outset of a frenzied, nerve-wracking night at Wembley.
This was the party England and their fans were preparing, but they were once again left with their noses pressed against the glass, their hopes dashed by a painful penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
The sight of Arsenal youth Bukayo Saka sitting nervously to take a penalty he had to convert in the shootout embodied England’s sorrow. The entire country was watching, and it was up to a 19-year-old rookie to keep the dream alive.
Saka, who deserves a lot of respect for stepping out and for his overall performance at Euro 2020, saw Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma save his penalty kick, and it was game over for England. Again.
Source: BBC Sport