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England came to celebrate football coming home… instead the 55 years of hurt continue

Adrian Rutherford


Euro 2020 Final

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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma celebrates with teammates after saving the England fifth penalty while a crestfallen Jordan Pickford watches on. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma celebrates with teammates after saving the England fifth penalty while a crestfallen Jordan Pickford watches on. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Jordan Pickford of England looks on dejected as Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Andrea Belotti, and Alessandro Florenzi of Italy celebrate

Jordan Pickford of England looks on dejected as Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Andrea Belotti, and Alessandro Florenzi of Italy celebrate

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Bukayo Saka of England is consoled by Gareth Southgate

Bukayo Saka of England is consoled by Gareth Southgate

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Italy's Leonardo Bonucci celebrates victory

Italy's Leonardo Bonucci celebrates victory

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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma celebrates with teammates after saving the England fifth penalty while a crestfallen Jordan Pickford watches on. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

They came to celebrate football coming home, but instead the years of hurt continue.

England’s dreams of Euro 2020 glory were shattered on an agonising night at Wembley, once again by the curse of penalties. Their quest for immortality fell just short, from 12 yards, in the cruellest way against Italy’s band of blue-shirted brothers.


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