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High hopes and nerves gave way to fear and sorrow as England lost to Italy on penalties during their first major international final in 55 years.

Here is a selection of photos before, during, and after the historic match.

image copyrightPA Mediaimage captionEmotions were on display as thousands of fans turned up to Wembley to show their supportimage copyrightAction Images via Reutersimage captionHopes were high outside the stadiumimage copyrightAFPimage captionSome fans dressed up as knightsimage copyrightAction Images via Reutersimage captionThis fan used the occasion to show off his England tattoosimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionThousands of fans descended on Wembley Wayimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionLocal residents carried a giant England flag from Neeld Crescent in Brent, where player Raheem Sterling grew up, on their way to Wembley Stadiumimage copyrightReutersimage captionElsewhere in London, fans gathered in Leicester Squareimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionFans in Manchester had barely settled into their seats when Luke Shaw stunned with his goal two minutes inimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionItaly's equaliser dampened the party atmosphere in Newcastleimage copyrightEPAimage captionAs the pressure mounted, Giorgio Chiellini of Italy fouled Bukayo Saka in the second halfimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionAt Wembley, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared unable to watch as the game went to penaltiesimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionThe mood turned at the official London fan zoneimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionThe moment in Manchester when it became clear the dream was finally overimage copyrightEPAimage captionGareth Southgate consoled Saka after his missed penaltyimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionAs dejected fans made their way home from central London, a huge clean-up operation began

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