British media reflected the nation’s pride and pain in England’s penalty shootout loss to Italy and predicted a bright future for Gareth Southgate’s side despite the final Euro heartache. 2020.
Italy won their first European Championship since 1968 after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma in a shootout. It was a unanimous tribute to the brave Lions who once again missed out on a major football trophy.
“It all ends in tears,” the Daily Mail front page read, as the Daily Telegraph led with “The ultimate agony … heartache again” alongside a photo of the coach Gareth Southgate consoling Saka, who missed the fifth kick. .
“England was bringing it, as the song says, home,” Martin Samuel wrote in the Daily Mail. “The home of a euphoric Wembley.
“This dream, unfortunately, was not to be. Because if the outcome was painful, what came before it was just an old game of football.”
While there was disappointment over England’s loss, there was also praise for Southgate – once the face of England failure for his own missed penalty at Euro 96 – and his side. .
“There will be pain in defeat,” Barney Ronay wrote in The Guardian. “Over the years moments like these have been greeted with a reflex madness of blame, hurt, recrimination, tears, thrown plastic chairs.
“But that was something else. Over the past four weeks, and beyond the sunny Russia 2018 pantomime, the beautiful and sympathetic young team from Southgate has been a tonic, their clarity, their decency and their willingness to speak. throughout football have been an uplifting thing at a time of dissonance and weak leadership elsewhere. “