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England youngster Bukayo Saka was left heartbroken after missing the decisive penalty in Sunday's Euro 2020 final against Italy, and Kalvin Phillips was the first man to rush over to console him.
The Leeds United midfielder covered the most distance of anyone on the pitch during Sunday's showpiece game, but still found the energy to run over to his crestfallen team-mate.
Saka, 19, stepped up to take England's fifth spot-kick with all the pressure in the world on his shoulders, knowing a miss would hand the trophy to Italy.
His low penalty was well saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, who instantly wheeled away in celebration with his team-mates.
There was to be no consolation for Saka from any of the Italian players, who instead rushed to congratulate their goalkeeper for his heroics after saving two key penalties.
Bukayo Saka missed the decisive penalty as England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy
But Leeds star Phillips was quick to sprint from the halfway line into the penalty box to meet Saka and wrap the distraught teenager in an embrace.
The midfielder played 120 minutes in the middle of the park and never stopped running, despite having covered 83km over the course of the tournament.
But after seeing his team-mate stand by the penalty spot looking like he wanted the ground to swallow him up, Phillips was the first to attempt to console the youngster.
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Luke Shaw, who scored the opening goal of the game after just two minutes, was close behind, as footage captured numerous substitutes and other England stars rush over to him.
Both Phillips and Saka both had breakout tournaments on the international stage following impressive club campaigns.
Leeds man Phillips shone in the middle of the park and was a consistent presence alongside Declan Rice.
Kalvin Phillips was seen jogging over to Bukayo Saka as soon as his penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma
Saka, too, was a surprise feature on the right wing and was one of the best young players of the tournament.
The youngster had never taken a penalty prior to stepping up against Italy, and Gareth Southgate admitted afterwards that he feared he had thrown him in at the deep end.
The England boss said: "That’s my decision to give him that penalty, that’s totally my responsibility.
"It’s not him or Marcus [Rashford] or Jadon [Sancho], we work together, we work through them in training, that’s the order we came to. That’s my call as a coach."
Harry Kane and Harry Maguire both scored England's first two spot-kicks, but Rashford hit his into the post before Sancho and Saka had their saved by Donnarumma.
And Gary Neville explained afterwards that the nation will need to "cuddle" Saka afterwards.
Bukayo Saka was visibly distraught after missing his penalty
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)
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He said: "Absolutely heartbreaking for the boy, but not only is Gareth Southgate going to have to cuddle him, the whole nation is going to need to cuddle him.
“Gone are the days whereby a penalty taker that misses gets criticised and lambasted. Everybody has loved this boy over the last few weeks and they’ll love him for the next few weeks as well.
“He’s been absolutely brilliant, every single one of them. The manager, the staff, the players have been outstanding through this tournament. That young man there (Saka) hold your head high because we’re going to look after him over the next few months.