Roberto Mancini’s side have defeated England at the Wembley Stadium on penalties 3-2 to win their second Euro title.

England lost 3-2 on penalty kicks, with Southgate left to console teenager Bukayo Saka who missed the final penalty kick, as he joins Southgate and many other England internationals as the player who will be remembered for penalty kick failure.

Harry Kane and Harry Maguire scored England’s first two penalties — but Rashford and Sancho failed to convert, before Saka saw his decisive spot-kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

“It’s down to me,” Southgate said. “I decided on the penalty takers based on what we’ve done in training. Nobody is on their own. That’s my call and it totally rests on me.”

With England in their first major final since 1966, and playing in front of at raucous crowd at their home stadium, England’s Luke Shaw had given his team a dream start with a superb goal after two minutes but Italy, who offered almost nothing in response in the first half, gradually took command and deservedly levelled through Bonucci after 67 minutes.

Donnarumma made two saves in the shootout, blocking kicks from Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho in the 3-2 shootout victory following a 1-1 draw through extra time.

“Despite the goal right at the beginning we always commanded the game and then with penalties there’s Gigio,” Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini said. “We’ve gone from Gigi to Gigio.”

Dannarumma was named player of Euro 2020 moments after the match finished, the first goalkeeper in tournament history to be so honored.

“He is not on his own,” Southgate said. “We’ve got to be there to support him. We’re got to be there to help him. But I’m sure he’ll get a lot of love from the outside.”

Maguire absolved anyone of blame, adding: ‘We don’t put any blame on anyone. We worked tirelessly in training.

‘They have one of the best ‘keepers in the world (Gianluigi Donnarumma) and he’s the player of the tournament which he probably deserves. The pressure is as big as you feel.

‘We keep improving and that is what we need to do. We got to the semi-final in Russia, we got to the final here. We felt we had enough tools to win.’

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