England boss Gareth Southgate has described his side’s defeat as “incredibly painful” but insists that players gave “everything they possibly could”,
The Three Lions suffered a disappointing 3-2 loss on penalties against Italy at Euro 2020 final on Sunday night.
Both sides played to a 1-all draw after 120 tiresome minutes.
This was England’s first major tournament final since their 1966 World Cup.
“We are all together. They have given the country some unbelievable memories,” Southgate told BBC One.
“However, you have to feel that disappointment because the opportunities to win trophies like this are so rare in your life.
“But when they reflect on what they have done, they should be incredibly proud of themselves.
“The players have been an absolute credit. They have given everything they possibly could.
“They have been an absolute joy to work with and they have gone further than we’ve gone for so long. But it is incredibly painful in that dressing room.
“They have done more than any other England team in over 50 years.”
Meanwhile, captain Harry Kane added that: “The defeat will hurt for the rest of our careers.”
“Penalties is the worst feeling in the world when you lose. It wasn’t our night but it’s been a fantastic tournament and we should hold our heads high.”
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By FARPost Reporter