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England’s hope of Euros glory crushed by Italy in penalty shootout

Italy defeated England 3-2 on penalties to win the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

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England lost to Italy on penalties (Mike Egerton/PA)

England lost to Italy on penalties (Mike Egerton/PA)

England lost to Italy on penalties (Mike Egerton/PA)

England’s dreams of an historic Euros victory in front of an exuberant home crowd have been dashed in a nail-biting penalty shootout.

Italy ended the Three Lions’ bid for glory with a 3-2 victory on penalties at Wembley in the nation’s capital, which had earlier seen ticketless fans breach security to get into the stadium.

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England fans at the fan zone in Trafford Park, Manchester are dejected after England lose (Martin Rickett/PA)

England fans at the fan zone in Trafford Park, Manchester are dejected after England lose (Martin Rickett/PA)

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England fans at the fan zone in Trafford Park, Manchester are dejected after England lose (Martin Rickett/PA)

England’s early lead, putting them 1-0 up just two minutes into the first half, was not enough to clinch victory, leaving fans devastated.

A win would have been the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the 1966 World Cup success, which also took place at Wembley.

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