The prime minister and Prince William, who cheered on the boys from the stands, sent their condolences (Picture: PA/Reuters/Getty)
Politicians and royals have rushed to console the England squad following the devastating loss to Italy in tonight’s Euro finals.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was cheering on the lads from Wembley’s stands with wife Carrie, said the result was ‘heartbreaking’ but described the players’ performance as heroic.
‘That was a heartbreaking result to end #Euro2020 but Gareth Southgate and his @England squad played like heroes. They have done the nation proud and deserve great credit,’ added the prime minister.
In a tweet from the KensingtonRoyal account, signed W, the duke congratulated the Italian football team on their win and told the Three Lions to be proud.
He wrote: ‘Heartbreaking. Congratulations @Azzurri on a great victory. @England, you’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day.
‘You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves – I know there’s more to come.’
Prince George looked devastated as he watched England’s crushing defeat (Picture: BBC)
Gareth Southgate comforts Bukayo Saka after their loss (Picture: Getty)
The squad looked devastated after losing out on the title following the penalty shootout (Picture: EPA)
Labour leader Keir Starmer was also quick to heap praise on the boys despite the ‘heartbreaking’ loss, adding: ‘On and off the pitch, this team is the very best of our country’.
Health secretary Sajid Javid said though it was a ‘painful’ result, ‘our players ought to be extremely proud’.
Fans went through a rollercoaster of emotions tonight after England made a strong start, with Luke Shaw scoring a goal within a record-breaking two minutes.
But England’s early lead – putting them 1-0 up just two minutes into the first half – was not quite enough to clinch victory.
Their hopes were soon dashed when Leonardo Bonucci levelled the score on 67 minutes.
Fans looked dejected sitting on the steps of Trafalgar Square (Picture: PA)
Some were seen tearing up at the end of the heartbreaking match (Picture: PA)
A dejected fan in London’s Trafalgar Square after Italy won the UEFA Euro 2020 Final (Picture: PA)
The PM cheered on from the crowds at Wembley (Picture: PA)
The game remained 1-1 in extra time, with Italy breaking English hearts by winning the game on penalties.
A win would have been the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the 1966 World Cup success, which also took place at Wembley.
‘Gutted’ fans said they remained proud of the team after their penalty defeat.
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