In the four weeks between their first game and the final, England’s Euro 2020 had it all.

From tension and tears, elation and ecstasy, Gareth Southgate’s team had the nation gripped en route to a first major tournament final in 55 years. It was quite the journey, even if it didn’t end the way they might have wished.

Here, in 37 stunning images, we tell the story of their Euro adventure.

Leap of faith – an England supporter jumps from the Eros status in London’s Piccadilly Circus in the run-up to the Euro 2020 final

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Energised by the prospect of a historic England win, supporters crowd Leicester Square

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England take the lead early, with a Luke Shaw goal in the first five minutes…

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…only for Italy to equalise late in the game, as Leonardo Bonucci puts one past Jordan Pickford

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A pensive Gareth Southgate walks the sidelines

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A pitch invader fails to cut the tension, dodging security as the match draws to a close

Feelings run high, as the game becomes a penalty shootout

Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma saves a shot by Bukayo Saka – winning the tournament for Italy

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A devastated Saka is consoled by his team-mates…

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…while dejected England fans must look forward to the World Cup in two years’ time for another shot at a major trophy

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But how did it come to this?

Raheem Sterling celebrates with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount after scoring their side's first goal during Group D match against Croatia on June 13

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And here's that goal, as Sterling scores past Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic

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Scotland fans gather in Leicester Square before the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland on June 18

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A lack of official fanzones meant that London landmarks became unofficial gathering places for Scotland fans ahead of the match

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Both England and Scotland players kneel prior to their UEFA EURO 2020 group D match

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The match – a closely-fought 0-0 draw – is reflected in the glasses of an England fan in the stands

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Harry Kane in action against Czech Republic, June 22

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The striker came under pressure from Czech Republic players, but England still scored a 1-0 victory with a goal from Sterling

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England fans brace themselves for the Round of 16 game against the old rival, Germany, on June 29

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Lively fans flood to Wembley stadium, at levels not seen since before the pandemic

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Euphoric fans leap over banners and dance in the stadium at the first goal

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Kane scores England’s second goal, taking the team to an unexpected 2-0 victory

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Gareth Southgate celebrates as the team goes through to the quarter finals

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Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford of England relax in an inflatable hot tub at St George's Park on June 30

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Fans are overjoyed by the team's 4-0 victory over Ukraine

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Celebrations are unrestrained all over the country, as England go through to the semi-finals for the first time in the tournament’s history

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Bukayo Saka rides on an inflatable unicorn, as the team trains in the pool, prior to the semi-final against Denmark

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Fans perch on the edge of their seats, as Denmark takes an early lead

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Raheem Sterling celebrates England's first goal against Denmark

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…scored by Denmark’s Simon Kjaer, under pressure near the goalmouth

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Sunlight falls across the England stands at Wembley

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England and Denmark players line up for a corner kick

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Gareth Southgate speaks to his players as the game stretches into extra time

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Harry Kane celebrates with his teammates, after scoring England's second goal in extra time

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The victory marks England’s first appearance at a major international final since 1966

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Fans celebrate wildly, as England is poised on the cusp of a potential tournament victory, July 7

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