At long last, the big question of whether the Euro 2020 trophy will be going home or to Rome was answered on Sunday night as Italy saw out England 3-2 on penalties.


Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed for the Three Lions with Andrea Belotti and Jorginho also missing their kicks for the Azurri.

Gianluigi Donnarumma shone brightest as he saved two of England's spot kicks and although, Jordan Pickford also saved two, it was not enough to see the English team through.

Luke Shaw had given the over 60,000 fans at the Wembley a perfect start to the night when England took the lead as early as the second minute of the game. The Manchester United defender fired home a cross from Kieran Trippier. Trippier returned to the starting lineup at wing back as Gareth Southgate opted for a back three in the final.

Juventus defender and one of the only two surviving players of the Italy team that lost the 2012 Euros final, Leonardo Bonnuci leveled for the Italians after England failed to deal with a corner kick in the 67th minute.

Both teams had chances to win the game within the 90 minutes duration and the extra 30 minutes of extra time, but failed to make meaningful of their chances.

Belotti was the first to have his penalty saved and give England the hope, but Rashford hit own kick against the post, before Pickford saved from Jorginho, only for Sancho and Saka to both miss subsequently.

Here's are three things we learnt.

*1 Record-breaking Azurri

It was a monumental night for Italy as they were crowned champions of Europe for the the second time in their history


The 55-year wait for the Euros title gives the Italian their sixth major title, four world cups and two European championship titles. Among European nations, only Germany have won more major titles than the Azurri with seven.

Italy are now tied with Spain and Brazil as teams with the longest unbeaten run in international matches. The Italians are yet to lose in 33 games.

Goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma also became the first goalkeeper to be named Player of the Tournament in the competition's history.

Who was your standout player in the Italian team?

2. Unlucky Lions

Although no one gave England a chance of coming this far at the tournament, they have given a good account of themselves and would have to wait longer to end their 55-year wait for a major title.


It arguably is a step better than the last time out at a major tournament when they reached the last four of the 20018 World cup in Russia, losing to Belgium in the third place playoff.

With a very young and talented squad, the English team may feel that this is now the time for them to push harder and build very well against the next major tournament, the 2022 World cup in Qatar.

Do you think England were more deserving of the title?

3. Questionable Southgate decision

Throughout the tournament, it almost felt like England manager, Gareth Southgate had gotten all his decisions right, taking strong decisions and sticking with them.

Questionable, however, was his decision to allow 19-year old Bukayo Saka take a decisive kick that marred England's title hopes.


One would have thought a more senior player should step up to the task as putting such a load on the shoulder of a teenager in front of the teeming fans was a masterstroke wrong decision by Southgate.

Expectedly, he has taken responsibility, but this will not and has not stopped racial attacks on the young Saka, as there have already been reported cases of racial attacks on him on social media.

Coincidentally, all three players who lost England's penalties are black players, with Marcus Rashford having already been a victim of racial attack before now.

Do you think Southgate was right to have allowed Saka take that decisive penalty?