Tears flowed after last nights’ England Euro 2020 final against Italy which saw the team lose 3-2 on penalties after an intense extra time battle.
The emotional moments were captured in a photograph which pulled on fans’ heartstrings as the Arsenal star Bukayo Saka bowed his head down while manager Gareth Southgate consoled him in a strong embrace.
Saka, 19, took the final penalty which Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved, crushing the hearts of millions of England fans around the country.
The young player looked devastated as Italy took the win at Wembley after the England team reached the final for the first time since 1966.
Though they came to win, the curse of penalty shoot-outs stood in the way for the Three Lions as the Italians lifted the trophy at the end of the night.
For the England coach, the pain of losing to penalties was all too familiar as the team suffered a similar fate at Euro 96 against Germany.
For Saka, 19, this was his first appearance at a major tournament and he has been lauded as a hero by fans.
Other England supporters questioned Southgate’s decision to choose Saka for the tense penalty shoot-out. The England boss admitted after the match that he accepts full responsibility for the players he selected to step up.
“It’s down to me, I decided on the penalty takers based on what we did in training,” Southgate told BBC.
“Nobody is on their own, we’ve won together as a team.
“In terms of the penalties, that’s my call and it rests on me.”
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