Euro 2020: Fans’ despair as England lose to Italy in finalon July 11, 2021 at 11:47 pm

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Around 60,000 fans were at Wembley, while millions watched in pubs, fan zones and at home.

Fans after England lose the game on penalties at the Trafalgar Square Fan Zone in London

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Fans have reacted with disappointment as England lost to Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 final.

Around 60,000 fans at Wembley witnessed the Three Lions’ defeat, while millions watched in pubs, fan zones and homes across the country.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who were at Wembley with Prince George – congratulated the Italian side.

London’s Metropolitan Police said officers made 45 arrests during Sunday, amid pre-match unrest at the stadium.

“Heartbreaking. Congratulations Azzurri on a great victory,” the royal couple wrote on Twitter.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said England “played like heroes”, adding: “They have done the nation proud and deserve great credit.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Well, what a Euro 2020 you gave us England. You made history this tournament. Few have seen an England performance – or team – like the one you gave us this summer.”

Meanwhile, newspapers delayed their first editions as they attempted to sum up the feelings of a nation. “Lions did us proud,” the Metro’s main headline said.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looks on in despair as England lose on penalties at Wembley

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England fans react after Italy won the Euro 2020 at Trafalgar Square

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A fan is covered in a drink thrown at a police line in central London

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Italy fans celebrate inside a boat after winning the Euro 2020

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Supporters of the Italian national football team celebrate after Italy beat England 3-2 on penalty shootout to win the the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match, at the Fori Imperiali fanzone, in Rome

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At Birmingham’s Luna Springs big screen venue, teenager Jack Smith said: “I feel sorry for the lads who had to take a penalty after coming on cold.

“I thought some of the bigger names would’ve stepped forward.”

In Newcastle, Millie Carson, 18, said: “We have come so far, winning would have topped it all off.

“The team has brought the country together, everyone has been loving life in these hard times.”

Scotland Yard said there was a “breach of security” in the afternoon “which resulted in a small number of people getting into the stadium without a ticket”.

“Officers worked closely with security officials to prevent any further breaches,” the Met said in a statement.

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