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Gareth Southgate has provided some insight into how the dressing room reacted after England's cruel loss to Italy on penalties.

The Three Lions were in their first major final at an international competition in 55 years after beating the likes of Germany and Ukraine along the way.

And there was pandemonium across the country when Shaw opened the scoring within two minutes.

But Italy came back and deservedly struck a second-half equaliser through Leonardo Bonucci to send the match to penalties.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was his nation's hero after saving two penalties from Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka as Marcus Rashford struck the post.

Bukayo Saka's saved penalty saw Italy win Euro 2020
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It meant more penalty heartbreak – a situation England know too well.

But after an initial quiet feel in the dressing room, the players left and made their own way home while spending the evening with their families.

Southgate said: “We’ve got to make sure that we’re there and aligned with their clubs and making sure we look after those boys, absolutely. That’s been top of my thinking all night really.

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“There was a long period in the dressing room last night. They then went to meet with their families across the road, so I’m told they had a nice evening together.

“I managed to see them all individually for a few moments before they left the dressing room because I knew everyone would be heading their own directions at the end.

“I just wanted to thank them all for what they’ve given because they’ve been a joy to work with, they really have brought into everything we’ve tried to do, been totally unselfish in their outlook.

Gareth Southgate has revealed how the dressing room reacted after England's Euro 2020 defeat

“They’ve all given everything they possibly could and I’m tremendously grateful for that, and I know the country is which you can sense from the reactions of people.

“They’ll all head on their way now. They need a break, they need a rest and I hope they’ll all have a fantastic summer.”

As for Italy, this has been a remarkable turnaround since their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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They have now gone 34 games unbeaten and have won their first European Championship since 1968.

Many had written off the Azzurri before the tournament had begun but after opening the competition with a 3-0 win over Turkey, they rose in everyone's estimations.

Donnarumma was awarded the player of the tournament but there were special performances from many stars including their warrior defence Giorgio Chiellini and Bonucci, the tempo-controlling midfield of Jorginho, Marco Verratti and Nicolo Barella and their flying forwards Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Berardi.