Duke of Cambridge visits England changing room after Euro 2020 final to share message

England v Italy: Match in pictures

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England were visited by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, following their heartbreaking defeat by Italy on penalties at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s side were beaten 3-2 on spot-kicks after the two teams drew 1-1 over the preceding 120 minutes.

Marcus Rashford hit the post with his attempt while Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka both saw their shots saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Jordan Pickford made two saves, including from penalty specialist Jorginho, but Donnarumma’s save from Saka won it for Italy.

It was a cruel way to end a brilliant tournament for England, who reached their first European Championship final and first major final of any kind since 1966.

Things had started exceptionally well when Luke Shaw smashed Southgate’s side ahead after just two minutes.

But Leonardo Bonucci’s close-range equaliser from a corner ensured it went the distance and penalties once again were England’s downfall.

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The Duke of Cambridge was at Wembley with the Dutchess of Cambridge and Prince George and Southgate revealed that the president of the Football Association went into England’s changing room to speak to the players after the post-match presentation was over.

“At the moment the players are understandably really quiet,” Southgate said in his post-match press conference.

“They’ve just had the Duke down to see them in the dressing room and he has rightly thanked them for what they’ve done and been fulsome in his praise.”

Rashford and Sancho were both brought onto the pitch in the final few minutes of extra-time in order to take a penalty and Southgate took full responsibility for their failure to score in the shoot-out.

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“I just said to them we could have no recriminations,” he said when asked what he told the players in a huddle on the pitch after penalties.

“We win and lose together. Nobody is left on their own. The calls on the penalties were my own. My decision to ask the players to take the penalties they did, so they have got to walk away from here heads held high.

“They’ve done more than any other team over the last 50 or so years. The players should be incredibly proud of what they’ve done.

“Tonight is hard, of course, because to get so close, you know those opportunities in your life are incredibly rare.”

Italy came into the game unbeaten in 33 matches and their shoot-out victory means they have now won six major trophies.

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