Bukayo Saka is consoled by his England teammates after missing from the spot

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Gareth Southgate’s England failed to follow in the footsteps of the nation’s 1966 World Cup heroes, as the 55-year wait to lift another major trophy goes on following penalty heartbreak.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed from the spot, and despite Jordan Pickford making two saves in the shootout, it wasn’t to be.

ENGLAND (3-4-3)
Jordan Pickford (Everton) 7

Fine second-half saves from Insigne and Chiesa and the stops to deny Belotti and Jorginho during the shootout but it was not enough. The statistics will tell us Pickford conceded only two goals in normal time at Euro 2020 and that underlines his contribution. 

Kyle Walker (Man City) 8

Seems to make England’s back-three more effective and resilient, Walker has also been brilliant in one-and-one situations at this tournament. Has made the right-side of the field so strong with Trippier.

John Stones (Man City) 7

Unquestionably one of England’s most unsung heroes, Stones has obliterated those doubts that he could not hack it at international level. Won some crucial headers and made some essential blocks, but did appear nervy as Italy dominated the second-half.

Harry Maguire (Man Utd) 7

Exuded authority at the heart of the defence in the first-half and has grown in stature throughout Euro 2020 after his return from injury. Seemed to lose his way as the game grew older, becoming more nervy and prone to mistakes.

Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid) 8

Trippier was excellent from the moment he delivered the cross for Shaw’s opening goal. Pace caused all sorts of problems and he richly rewarded Gareth Southgate’s decision to start him ahead of Bukayo Saka, though was replaced late on.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds) 8

The ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ has been a revelation, the midfield spoiler and protector of the back-three. Has an inbuilt radar for sniffing out danger. Was playing in the Championship 18 months ago yet has assumed the appearance of an international veteran.

Declan Rice (West Ham) 9

The Kingston-upon-Thames Rolls Royce was England’s man of the match and bossed it from the start. Constantly driving forward and an inspiration to his team-mates. An ever-present at Euro 2020 in the midfield, he has developed a wonderful partnership with Phillips.

Luke Shaw (Man United) 8

What a time for ‘Shawberto Carlos’ to score his first ever England goal and, indeed, the fastest goal ever scored at a European final. Another performance for his old nemesis Jose Mourinho to chew over.

Mason Mount (Chelsea) 7

Played in a more advanced role, similar to his position with Chelsea, and provided the link between midfield and attack. Not enough creativity, yet easy to forget Mount is still only 22 and will prove an integral part of England’s future.

Raheem Sterling (Man City) 7

England’s player of the tournament? It would be harsh to consider anyone else, and he has completely rewarded Southgate’s loyalty. A menace in the first-half but, like others, his influence waned.

Harry Kane (Tottenham) 8

In the first-half this was the ultimate centre-forward performance from England’s captain: a brilliant ball for the opening goal, frequently challenging Chiellini in the air and causing problems by dropping deep. But completely nullified from the second-half onwards.

Substitutes

  • Saka (Arsenal) for Trippier 71
  • Henderson (Liverpool) for Rice 74
  • Grealish (Aston Villa) for Mount 99
  • Rashford (Man Utd) for Henderson 120
  • Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) for Walker 120

Euro 2020 final

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ITALY (3-4-3)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan) 7 

Not even his enormous arms could stop Shaw’s goal, which skidded into the ground and thudded past him before he knew what had happened. Stayed alert to tip over a Stones header, and was the hero of the shootout again.  

Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli) 6 

Stranded and clueless for England’s early strike, seemingly unaware that Shaw was behind him. Appeared rattled by the occasion at first, passing the ball straight off the pitch and struggling to control Mount. Settled after his nervous start.

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) 8 

The slightly younger half of Italy’s formidable defensive duo, he was more interested than Chiellini in playing adventurous balls forward. Booked for a swipe on Sterling but sharp in the England box, where he turned home Italy’s equaliser from close range.

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) 8

Relished the physical battle with Kane. The old master at the heart of Italy’s defence produced a crucial interception to deny Sterling and became increasingly dominant as the match progressed. Cynical foul on Saka encapsulated his gritty approach.

Emerson (Chelsea) 6 

Italy’s perceived weak link was clearly targeted as England dominated the early exchanges. Spooked by Sterling’s speed, he gave Trippier too much space. Far better going forward than in defence, he grew into the game as Italy took control.

Nicolo Barella (Inter) 5 

Outmuscled and outrun by England’s midfield, especially the powerful Rice, in a first-half in which he struggled. Booked for a desperate lunge on Kane and was unable to make any meaningful impact on the ball. Hooked shortly after the break.

Jorginho (Chelsea) 7 

One of Italy’s most impressive players at this tournament. The Chelsea midfielder showed all of his usual composure and technique on the ball, despite taking an early knock. Steady passing was crucial to Italy’s growth in the game.

Marco Verratti (PSG) 7 

Even the great PSG maestro appeared to be overwhelmed by England’s fast start, although he soon adjusted to his surroundings. Within half an hour he was pulling the strings for Italy, popping the ball around midfield. Untouchable at times.

Federico Chiesa (Juventus) 8 

Italy’s most dangerous player, showing a bravery in possession that some of his team-mates lacked. Almost scored with a superb individual effort after darting through the England midfield, then forced Pickford into action with a fierce strike. A constant threat.

Ciro Immobile (Lazio) 4 

Summed up his contribution when he was easily shrugged off the ball by Stones. In a team of world-class players, he rarely moves like a world-class forward. Offered so little to the Italian attack that he was removed after 55 minutes.

Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) 7 

Curled over with free-kicks at the start of both halves. Seemed uncomfortable with his defensive duties at first, allowing Trippier plenty of space on England’s right wing. Always busy and probing, he tested Pickford’s reflexes with a close-range effort.

Substitutes

  • Cristante (Roma) for Barella 54
  • Berardi (Sassuolo) for Immobile 55
  • Bernardeschi (Juventus) for Chiesa 86
  • Belotti (Torino) for Insigne 90
  • Locatelli (Sassuolo) for Verratti 96
  • Florenzi (Roma) for Emerson 118

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