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Southgate Reacts After Euro Final Loss To Italy

England coach Gareth Southgate has urged his players to move on from their penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

Luke Shaw gave the Three Lions an early lead in the second minute before Bonucci restored parity for the Italians in the second half as the tie went into extra time.

There was no winner in the extra time but a penalty shootout separated both sides as Italy ran out 3-2 winners, Marcus Rashford, Jando Sancho and Bukayo Sako missed from the spot for England, while Jorginho also missed for Italy.

Southgate has accepted responsibility for the defeat.

“That is my responsibility. I chose the guys to take the kicks. I told the players that nobody is on their own in that situation,” Southgate said.

“It is my decision to give Saka that penalty. That is totally my responsibility. It is not him or Marcus or Jadon.

“Marcus and Jadon have been by far the best in the lead-in. It was a gamble (to bring them on), but if we gamble earlier we maybe lose the game in extra time.”

Gianlugi Donnarruma was named the player of the tournament, while Cristiano Ronaldo won the top scorer award with five goals.

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