“Tears for the heroes”: how the English media reacted to the final defeat of Euro 2020


England’s hopes of winning a first major trophy in 55 years ended in heartbreak with their shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final and angst flooded the pages of the newspapers. Monday, with the IndependentThe title “Tears for the heroes” summing up the feeling.

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 all ends in tears”, we read on the first page of the Daily mail, while the The telegraph of the day led with “The Ultimate Agony… Penalty Sorrow Again” alongside a photo of coach Gareth Southgate consoling Saka, who missed the fifth shot on goal.

“England brought it, as the song says, home,” wrote Martin Samuel in the Daily mail. “The home of a euphoric Wembley.

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“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 Southgate squad has been a tonic, their clarity, their decency and their willingness to speak. throughout football have been uplifting. thing at a time of dissonance and weak leadership elsewhere. “

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