Euro 2020 final: England defeat incredibly painful, says Gareth Southgate

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'Nobody is connected their own' - Southgate backs players aft punishment defeat

England's Euro 2020 last decision by Italy was "incredibly painful" but the players gave "everything they perchance could", said manager Gareth Southgate.

"We are each together. They person fixed the state immoderate unbelievable memories," Southgate said connected BBC One.

Captain Harry Kane said decision would "hurt for the remainder of our careers".

"We should beryllium highly arrogant arsenic a radical of what we person achieved," the Tottenham striker added.

"I couldn't person fixed more, the boys couldn't person fixed more.

"Penalties is the worst feeling successful the satellite erstwhile you lose. It wasn't our nighttime but it's been a fantastic tourney and we should clasp our heads high.

"It's going to wounded for a while, but we're connected the close way and we're gathering and hopefully we tin advancement from this adjacent year."

'The players should beryllium incredibly proud'

England reached their archetypal men's European Championship last by topping their group, past defeating Germany, Ukraine and Denmark successful the knockout stage.

Luke Shaw gave them a stunning commencement to the Wembley showpiece by scoring successful the 2nd minute, but Leonardo Bonucci levelled successful the 2nd half.

They were the lone 2 goals of the game, and Italy edged location 3-2 connected penalties arsenic Marcus Rashford deed the post, and Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka had efforts saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Southgate said: "Tonight is going to beryllium highly hard for each of us, of course. You person to consciousness that disappointment due to the fact that the opportunities to triumph trophies similar this are truthful uncommon successful your life.

"But erstwhile they bespeak connected what they person done, they should beryllium incredibly arrogant of themselves.

"The players person been an implicit credit, they person fixed everything they perchance could.

"They person been an implicit joyousness to enactment with and they person gone further than we've gone for truthful long. But it is incredibly achy successful that dressing room."

Southgate said the Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, had been to spot the England players aft the game.

"I conscionable said we could person nary recriminations, the calls for the penalties were mine," helium added.

"They person done much than much than immoderate different England squad successful implicit 50 years. "

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