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Jadon Sancho posts emotional statement on England penalty miss and addresses racist abuse

Jadon Sancho posts emotional statement on England penalty miss and addresses racist abuse

Jadon Sancho has written a lengthy and emotional statement addressing his penalty miss in England’s defeat by Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final and the racist abuse that sadly followed.

Sancho was brought on by Gareth Southgate in the final moments of extra-time to take a penalty in the shoot-out at Wembley.

But alongside Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, the 21-year-old winger could not find the back of the net.

Despite two saves from Jordan Pickford, England were beaten 3-2 on penalties after the 1-1 draw to finish as the tournament’s runners-up.

In the aftermath of the defeat, England’s three young penalty-takers were targeted by cowardly racists online.

Their treatment by a minority of the public has triggered an outpouring of support from the wider footballing community and sparked a debate over how to deal with racism on social media.

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“My first thought before going into any football match is always “How can I help my team?, how am I going to assist ? how am I going to score ? how am I going to create chances ? And that’s exactly what I wanted to do with that penalty, help the team.

“I was ready and confident to take it, these are the moment’s you dream of as a kid, it is why I play football. These are the pressured situations you want to be under as a footballer. I’ve scored penalties before at club level, I’ve practiced them countless times for both club and country so I picked my corner but it just wasn’t meant to be this time.

“We all had the same ambitions and objectives. We wanted to bring the trophy home.

This has been one of the most enjoyable camps I’ve been part of in my career so far, the togetherness of the team has been unmatched, a real family on and off the pitch.

“I’m not going pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse that me and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but sadly it’s nothing new. As a society we need to do better, and hold these people accountable.

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“Hate will never win. To all the young people who have received similar abuse, hold your heads up high and keep chasing the dream.

“I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people.

“Much as we wanted to win the tournament, we will build and learn from this experience going forward. I want to say a massive thank you for all the positive messages and love and support that far outweighed the negative.

“It’s been an honour as always representing England and wearing the Three Lions shirt, and I have no doubt we’ll be back even stronger! Stay safe & see you soon.”

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England’s Marcus Rashford pens emotional statement after Euro 2020 penalty miss

England's Marcus Rashford pens emotional statement after Euro 2020 penalty miss

Rashford took to social media to release a written statement as he opened up and shared his thoughts as he reflected on England’s summer at Euro 2020 and his miss in the dramatic penalty shootout that concluded Sunday’s final against Italy.

Rashford came off the subs’ bench in the final moments of extra time specifically to be in the lineup for the shootout, but the Manchester United star, who is no stranger to penalty-taking duties for club or country, saw his spot-kick clip the outside of the post as his effort went wide.

On Monday night, Rashford shared a long written message to the supporters as he thanked them for their backing, praised his England team-mates and apologised for missing from the spot during the shootout.

“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time,” he began.

“I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s been clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence.

“I’ve always backed myself for a penalty but something didn’t feel quite right. During the long run up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted.

“I felt as thought I had let my teammates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down.

“A penalty was all I had been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep so why not that one? It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels.

“Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone differently.

“Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shout out my teammates. This summer has been one of the best camps I’ve experienced and you’ve all played a role in that.

“A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable. Your success is my success. Your failures are mine.”

Rashford then addressed some of the abuse he had received following England’s defeat at Wembley on Sunday night.

“I’ve grown into a sport where I expect to read things written about myself,” he continued.

“Whether it be the colour of my skin, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I decide to spend my time off the pitch.

“I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I come from.

“I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three ions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of 10s of thousands. I dreamt of days like this.”

The United striker then thanked those who have provided him with messages of support, especially those from his home town, as he promised to bounce back better in the months and years ahead.

“The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears,” he said.

The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up.

“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old, black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that.

“For all the kind messages, thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.”

Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout

Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout

After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the Italian team was the best team in Europe Sunday for the first time since 1968.

LONDON, UK — Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on.

And it just had to be because of a penalty shootout.

Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating England 3-2 on penalties on Sunday. The match finished 1-1 after extra time.

Gianluigi Donnarumma dived to his left and saved the decisive spot kick by Bukayo Saka, England’s third straight failure from the penalty spot in the shooutout in front of its own fans at Wembley Stadium.

It was less than four years ago that the Italians plunged to the lowest moment of its soccer history by failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Now, they are the best team in Europe and on a national-record 34-match unbeaten run under Roberto Mancini, their suave coach.

England was playing in its first major final in 55 years. It’s the latest heartache in shootouts at major tournaments, after defeats in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2012.

England went ahead in the second minute when Luke Shaw scored the fastest goal in a European Championship final. Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th.

Saka, a 19-year-old Londoner, was embraced by several England players after his miss. England coach Gareth Southgate hugged Jadon Sancho, who missed the previous England penalty, while Marcus Rashford — the other one to miss — walked off down the tunnel.

Sancho and Rashford had been brought on in the final minute of extra time, seemingly as specialist penalty takers.

Donnarumma was in tears as he was embraced by his teammates as they sprinted toward him from the halfway line, where they watched the second penalty shootout in a European Championship final.

They then headed to the other end of the field and ran as one, diving to the ground in front of their own fans.

It was Italy’s second continental title after 1968, to add to the country’s four World Cups.

That the match went to extra time — like three of the six European finals before it — was not unexpected, given both semifinals also went the distance and the defensive solidity of both the teams.

In fact, Italy’s famously robust defense was only really opened up once in the entire 90 minutes and that resulted in Shaw’s goal, a half-volley that went in off the near post from Kieran Trippier’s cross.

It was Shaw’s first goal for England and it prompted a fist-pump between David Beckham and Tom Cruise in the VIP box amid an explosion of joy around Wembley.

The fact that it was set up by Trippier, a full back recalled to the team as part of a change of system to a 3-4-3 for the final, would have brought extra satisfaction to Southgate.

Then, England barely saw the ball for the rest of the game.

Italy’s midfielders dominated possession, started playing their pretty passing routines and England resorted to getting nine or even all 10 outfield players behind the ball. It was reminiscent of the 2018 World Cup semifinals, when England also scored early against Croatia then spent most of the game chasing its opponent’s midfield.

Initially, the Italians could only muster long-range efforts but the equalizer arrived from much closer in.

A right-wing corner was flicked on at the near post, Marco Verratti had a stooping header tipped onto the post by Pickford, and Bonucci put the ball in from close range.

Still, England managed to hold on for extra time and actually had the better of the final stages.

Just not the shootout, again.

Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on.

And it just had be via a penalty shootout.

Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating England 3-2 on penalties on Sunday. The match finished 1-1 after extra time.

Gianluigi Donnarumma dived to his left and saved the decisive spot kick by Bukayo Saka, England’s third straight failure from the penalty spot in the shooutout in front of its own fans at Wembley Stadium.

It was less than four years ago that the Italians plunged to the lowest moment of its soccer history by failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Now, they are the best team in Europe and on a national-record 34-match unbeaten run under Roberto Mancini, their suave coach.

England was playing in its first major final in 55 years. It’s the latest heartache in shootouts at major tournaments, after defeats in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2012.

England went ahead in the second minute when Luke Shaw scored the fastest goal in a European Championship final. Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th.

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Southgate Penalty decisions are on me

Gareth Southgate took responsibility for England’s penalty shootout defeat, saying the decisions made were entirely down to him.

It was a painfully familiar story for England at Wembley. They drew 1-1 with Italy across 120 minutes, leading to the dreaded penalties to decide the winner of Euro 2020.

It began well, but misses from Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and 19-year-old Bukayo Saka saw Italy claim their second European Championship title, leaving England heartbroken once again as they were beaten 3-2 in the shootout.

After the game, England manager Southgate took full responsibility for the penalty shootout, having chosen the line-up.



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There were contrasting emotions for England and Italy fans following the dramatic penalty shootout at Wembley

When asked what he would say to Saka, Southgate replied: “That it’s down to me. I chose the penalty takers based on what we’ve done in training and nobody is on their own. We’ve won together as a team and it’s absolutely on all of us in terms of not being able to win the game tonight.

“But in terms of the penalties, that’s my call and totally rests with me.

“We had two [penalty takers] go off earlier in the game, so that’s why we made the changes that we did. We’ve tracked what they’ve done with their clubs over a long period of time and what they’ve shown in training as well so that’s the process that worked for us in Russia and the Nations League, but tonight, it hasn’t quite worked.

England's manager Gareth Southgate embraces Bukayo Saka after he failed to score a penalty during a penalty shootout after extra time during of the Euro 2020 soccer championship final match between England and Italy at Wembley
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England’s manager Gareth Southgate embraces Bukayo Saka after his missed penalty

“We were well prepared and started well, but unfortunately, the guys weren’t able to convert tonight. They can’t look at themselves in terms of how they practised because they couldn’t do that anymore or any better.

“[Saka] is such a super boy, he’s so popular with the whole group. He’s had an incredible tournament and he’s a star, and he will continue to be a star.

“In a final tonight as well, he performed exceptionally well when he came into the game. We’ve got to be there to support and help him, but I’m sure he’ll get a lot of love from outside from the way he’s established himself in this tournament.”

Although the evening ended in another penalty shootout heartbreak, Southgate wants his players to proud of their efforts at Euro 2020.

England's Kalvin Phillips and Luke Shaw comfort teammate Bukayo Saka after he failed to score a penalty during a penalty shootout after extra time during of the Euro 2020 soccer championship final match between England and Italy at Wembley
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An emotional Bukayo Saka was embraced by his team-mates after his penalty

He told the BBC: “We’re hugely disappointed because firstly, the players have been an absolute credit. They’ve given everything they possibly could tonight, they’ve run themselves into the ground. At times, they played really well and at times, we didn’t keep the ball quite well enough, especially at the beginning of the second half.

“But they can’t have any recriminations. They’ve been a joy to work with and they’ve gone further than we have for so long, but tonight, it is incredibly painful in that dressing room… 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’ve done, they should be very proud of themselves.”

Winning coach Mancini lost for words

Italy manager Roberto Mancini with the The Henri Delaunay Cup following the UEFA Euro 2020 Final at Wembley
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Italy manager Roberto Mancini with the Euro 2020 trophy after victory at Wembley

Italy head coach Roberto Mancini added yet another trophy to his cabinet, completing a sensational turnaround of the national team, who failed to qualify for the World Cup three years ago.

“It was impossible even to just consider this at one stage, but the guys were just amazing. I have no words for them, this is a wonderful group. This was a difficult game made a lot harder after their early goal. Apart from that early spell, we dominated the match.

“We are delighted for people and the Italian public because they really deserve this after what has been a trying period. This is great joy for us.

“Winning the European Championship for the first time since 1968 and bringing home the trophy I do think it is something incredible.



England manager Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane (left) are dejected following the UEFA Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Stadium
Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett and Jess Creighton question the timings of Gareth Southgate’s substitutions in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy

“It (crying) was the emotion which happens after achieving something incredible. It was the emotion of seeing the guys celebrate and the fans in the stands.

“Seeing everything we have managed to create, all of the hard work we have put in over the last three years but specifically the last 50 days which have been very hard.

“It’s the fact we have been able to forge this team spirit over the last 50 days, they have really created something which can never be separated going forward. They will always be synonymous with this triumph.

“You have to have a little luck on penalties. I feel a little sorry for England, because they also had a great tournament. The team has grown a lot and I think we can improve further. We are very happy for all Italians. I have no words for these guys!”

How the players reacted


England's Harry Kane applauds the fans following defeat in the penalty shoot-out to Italy
Sky Sports News’ Jess Creighton says the England squad have ‘done something magical’ by uniting the nation with their performances at Euro 2020

England captain Harry Kane to the BBC: “The boys couldn’t have given more. Penalties are the worst thing in the world when you lose them. It’s been a fantastic tournament, we should be proud and hold our heads up high, but it’s going to hurt now. It’s going to hurt for a while, but we’re on the right track and we’re building. Hopefully we can progress next year.

“We played against a very good side and got off to the perfect start. We maybe dropped a little bit too deep, sometimes when you score that early, it’s easy to soak up the pressure and hold onto that. They had a lot of the ball, but we looked fairly in control.

“We didn’t create too many chances, they got the breakthrough from a set piece and after that, it was probably 50/50. We had a few half chances in extra time and then penalties are penalties. We went through our process and the boys did everything they could, but it just wasn’t our night.

“Anyone can miss a penalty. We win together, we lose together and we’ll grow from it. It will give us more motivation to do well in the World Cup next year.”

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Italy lift the Euro 2020 trophy after beating England in the final

Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini to ITV: “It was a tough game, we started in the worst way possible, with England scoring after two minutes. The fans, all of the stadium, gave their energy to England, but we were quiet and calm and then we started to lead the match from 15 minutes and started to play. We found the right passes, controlled the game and that was the way to win. It’s a dream come true, it’s magic. We are more than happy.”

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci: “We were special in that we believed right from day one when we all joined up. There was a different feeling in the air and it’s come to pass. It’s incredible how, day after day, we never got tired of spending time together. Normally, you can’t wait for something to end when it was so long, but we had this burning desire to carry on. It’s incredible.

“We [Bonucci and Chiellini] have been waiting for this moment from 2012. We were a step away, but we’ve been chasing after it. But we believed we could get it done.”

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saves from England's Jadon Sancho during the penalty shoot out following the UEFA Euro 2020 Final at Wembley
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Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the shootout hero for Italy

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma: “We have done something extraordinary. We are happy. We didn’t give up a millimetre. You all know where we started from. We are a fantastic team and we deserve it.

“The goal we conceded at the very start could have done for us, but we are not a team that gives up. It wasn’t easy but we were spectacular, great. We dominated for a large part of the game. We deserve all this.”

Podcast: Heartbreak for England, but glass is half full | Euro 2020 final review

It was penalty shootout heartbreak again for England and Gareth Southgate in a crushing Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

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England lose dramatic Euro 2020 penalty shootout as Italy crowned champions

England lose dramatic Euro 2020 penalty shootout as Italy crowned champions

SOME things it seems even Gareth Southgate cannot change. Another brave England performance, another agonising night for the nation. The players were younger, less experienced but a much more relatable bunch than their predecessors, but still that was not enough. Jordan Pickford looked like being the hero, saving from Andrea Belotti and Jorginho to keep England in it after Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho missed.

But Bukayo Saka – the embodiment of Southgate’s young England, saw his final kick saved and that was it.

Still that major crown remains determinedly elusive and it is Italy who can lay claim to being kings of Europe as they paraded the trophy in front of their delighted fans.

In 1966, the young Queen was here in person to hand out the football honours.

This time she sent the future of the Royal Family in the shape of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George… and a message.

“I send my good wishes with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves,” she wrote in a letter of Gareth Southgate.

No scoreline alone – whether it is positive or negative – is ever going to reflect that, but safe to say, Your Majesty, it is a night that always should certainly be remembered for all those qualities.

From the opening ceremony, it was a night that – when the emotional roller-coaster, which must eventually grind to a halt at some point during today’s national hangover – should have filled everybody with patriotic hope.

The chimes of Big Ben. The Red Arrows, the Coldstream Guards and now the England football team.

After all, it took them just two minutes to showcase their very best qualities.

World class skipper Harry Kane saw the opportunity and spread the ball wide to Kieran Trippier whose pin-point cross was met by his opposite wing-back Shaw on the half-volley, right on the laces and the ball scraped the post at it flew straight in.

Roberto Carlos could not have finished it better.

Wembley went wild, up and down the country beers were thrown and in the Royal Box David Beckham and Tom Cruise performed an unexpected fist bump.

Such A-list celebrity is the England of old, though – a throwback to those more lacklustre exits of the Sven-Goran Eriksson era.

Southgate has put together more of a young ensemble cast, and for as long as they could they put on a very believable portrayal of a team who were in command of the game.

Shape was maintained, balls were chased down and every time Italy tried to play an intricate pass around the edge of the England area, a white figure ghosted into position to intercept.

However, this was the first time in over two years that Italy had even been behind and it was clear that they did not like it.

Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa were inevitably England’s chief tormentors – the latter beating Shaw in the 35th minute and firing just wide.

Ciro Immobile finally got involved, too, just before the break, firing a sharp shot at John Stones he knew very little about.

Clearly this was going to be a big half for England – the biggest for half a century.

Raheem Sterling fell in the box in the opening minutes but after the fuss made about the Denmark penalty was never going to get an award.

Pickford was properly tested by Chiesa for the first time in the 62nd minute as Italy continued to crank up the pressure.

Increasingly it was beginning to look like England were going to need to score again and Stones did come close with a header from a corner.

Then Italy finally broke England’s resolve from a corner of their own.

Pickford pushed Verratti’s header onto the post, but Leonardo Bonuccio was in the perfect place to bundle the rebound in.

Now what was this England team really made of?

The excellent Declan Rice was replaced by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka was thrown into the fray.

Old head; young legs.

The inevitable extra time was always going to be a test of both.

What England really needed was the ball, and Italy were not giving it to them much any more. Perhaps Jack Grealish could rectify that?

England were hanging on with some brave goalkeeping from Pickford but not even the Aston Villa maestro could save us from another shootout.

Mourinho and Wenger join criticism of England’s Euro 2020 decision – ‘Never a penalty!’

Mourinho and Wenger join criticism of England’s Euro 2020 decision – ‘Never a penalty!’

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have joined the chorus of criticism about the decision that saw England beat Denmark in extra-time on Wednesday evening.

Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have been fouled in the box, but Mourinho said it was “never a penalty”.

Harry Kane saw his resulting penalty saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, only to tuck home the rebound to give England a 2-1 lead that ultimately proved enough to send them into the Euro 2020 final.

The result was just-reward for an excellent performance by Gareth Southgate’s side. But Mourinho says the decision itself was very soft.

“England were fantastic but, for me, it was never a penalty,” the former Spurs manager told TalkSport.

“At this level, the semi-final of the Euros, I don’t understand the referee’s decision and even less why the Var did not bring the referee to the screen.

“I’m very happy that England won. As a football man, I am disappointed that a penalty was given.”

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And Mourinho’s old Premier League rival Arsene Wenger is in total agreement that the officials made the wrong decision.

“In a moment like that I don’t understand why they don’t ask the referee to have a look at that and to have a clear view,” he said.

“It’s important that the referee must be absolutely convinced it was a penalty and I don’t understand why the Var did not ask him to look at it.”

The video assistant referee did look at the decision, but deemed it not a serious enough error for the on-pitch referee to reassess the penalty call.

Peter Schmeichel, the father of the beaten Denmark goalkeeper Kasper, also revealed that he has been inundated with angry comments about the decision from fellow Danes.

“Everyone says that it is not a penalty,” Schmeichel said. “This will be debated for a very long time.

“It’s a hard one to take. It’s not a penalty. I would have been much more relaxed and accepting if they scored one of the many chances they created.

“Unfortunately the referee made a big mistake. Anyway, we are very proud of the Danish team – we leave the tournament with honour.”

England will face Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday evening, with kick-off at 8pm at Wembley Stadium.

Kane is just one goal off the top-scoring charts for the tournament, having won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.

Italy beat Spain on penalties to reach Sunday’s showpiece final, with Roberto Mancini’s side heralded by many as the most impressive side at the tournament so far.

The visit to the final is England’s first at a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

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So bitter! German commentator hits out at England’s ‘joke penalty’ – ‘More like a dive!’

So bitter! German commentator hits out at England's 'joke penalty' - 'More like a dive!'

Johannes Mittermeier, FOCUS online editor, insisted the “VAR experiment has failed” after Raheem Sterling won a penalty that resulted in Harry Kane converting the winning goal in extra time to make it 2-1 at Wembley. Writing for the German website, Mr Mittermeier said: “A penalty kick, which many thought was ridiculous or even scandalous, helped England win against Denmark and get into the European Championship final.

“The fact that the video referee did not intervene because he did not want to, was not able to or was not allowed to, allows only one conclusion given the dimension of this decision: The VAR experiment has failed.”

The German commentator admitted England “deserves” its place in the final, saying the Three Lions were the “more dominant, better and dangerous team” in the semi-final.

But he condemned the semi-final being “decided in such an absurd way, by a highly controversial, highly complimentary, for many ridiculous or even scandalous foul penalty kick”.

Mr Mittermeier went as far as to say the VAR “failed at the most critical scene of the tournament”.

He said: “Common sense, colleagues!

“Sterling was simply not fouled. It was more like a dive. Period.

“Technical means must lead to a clarification of the situation – as an aid for the referee, not as an overly didactic corrective.”

Mr Mittermeier concluded by calling for VAR to be scrapped.

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Last night saw Gareth Southgate’s team secure victory sending them to their first major tournament final in more than half a century.

Prince William, Boris Johnson and David Beckham were among 60,000 supporters inside Wembley.

Denmark took an unlikely lead only to concede an own goal equaliser 10 minutes later.

Skipper Kane bundled home the rebound after his extra-time penalty had been saved.

England’s victory means the men’s team will play in their first major final since the 1966 World Cup, which they won.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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England fans flashed laser pen in Kasper Schmeichel’s face during Harry Kane penalty

England fans flashed laser pen in Kasper Schmeichel's face during Harry Kane penalty

Kasper Schmeichel had a laser pen flashed in his eyes as he attempted to keep out Harry Kane’s penalty in extra-time. Replays after the game showed a green flash across the Danish goalkeeper’s face, as England fans tried to put off the Leicester No 1.

It didn’t work though as Schmeichel dived to his left to keep out Kane’s side-footed penalty but the England captain was on hand to tuck home the rebound to send Wembley into raptures.

ITV host Mark Pougatch brought the incident to light after the match, despite England’s victory.

“We have to show you something that happened just as Harry Kane took the penalty,” he said.

“It’s completely unacceptable and ridiculous.

“Look, someone’s got a laser pen in the stands, whoever they are they are an idiot.

“Whether it’s a him or her, we just hope that it didn’t put Kasper Schemichel off.”

Schmeichel to his credit, was a man of the match contender after making several crucial saves.

He denied Raheem Sterling in first half with a brave block shortly before Simon Kjaer turned home past his own goalkeeper as England equalised.

Mikkel Damsgaard had given the underdogs the lead with a stunning free-kick from 25-yards.

Yet England responded well and continued to knock on the door. Their persistence eventually paid off.

The sides couldn’t be separated though after 90 minutes until Sterling won the penalty just before half-time in extra-time.

Kane stepped up from 12-yards but was denied by a big paw from Schmeichel, despite the laser pen being flashed in his eyes.

Luckily, the ball felt right into his path and he smashed home from inside the box.

“For once, for once it’s fallen our way today,” Kane told ITV.

“Credit to the boys, what a performance.

After going 1-0 down we responded really well, dominated the game and had a few chances that could have gone our way.

“Got the penalty and when it’s your night, it’s your night. Thankfully it was today.”

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England squad's penalty record ahead of Germany as Jordan Pickford could take spot kick

England squad's penalty record ahead of Germany as Jordan Pickford could take spot kick

England’s penalty shootout woes could be placed firmly in the past at Euro 2020 as several Three Lions stars have positive records from the spot. Gareth Southgate’s side have won their last two shootouts following over two decades of spot-kick pain and could be prepared to face another against Germany on Tuesday if their last-16 tie is a stalemate after extra-time. 

England defeated Spain on penalties in the quarter-final of Euro 1996 but had to wait 22 years before their next success. 

Defeats against Germany, Argentina, Portugal, France and Italy followed before they beat Colombia via penalties at the 2018 World Cup. Head coach Southgate had a crucial kick saved against Germany at Euro 1996 and will hope that his stars will fare better than he did from 12 yards. 

A victory over Switzerland in the Nations League third-place play-off further ridded England of their penalty heartache. They could win a third consecutive shootout at Euro 2020. 

England’s squad for the tournament includes players who have excellent penalty records during their international careers. 

Harry Kane is the most prolific having scored 10 of his 12 penalties for the Three Lions. The captain was successful with all four of the penalties he attempted at the World Cup, including in the shootout against Colombia. 

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The Liverpool captain had attempts saved during the Colombia shootout and against Romania earlier this month. 

But no other member of the Euro 2020 squad has taken one during a match. 

Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Jadon Sancho and Jordan Pickford have scored their only England penalties during shootouts. 

If a Euro 2020 match were to go to penalties, it is unclear if Southgate will choose to go in order of his best takers, or if he will opt to build up to the likes of Kane and Rashford. 

The Tottenham forward was first to take in the World Cup tie with Colombia three years ago. 

Rashford scored next before Henderson, Trippier and Dier had attempts. Henderson was the only England player to miss. 

The order in the Nations League shootout was slightly warped, with Kane and Rashford not involved. 

Each of Maguire, Ross Barkley, Sancho, Sterling, Pickford and Dier scored. 

Pickford then saved Josip Drmic’s attempt and the Daily Mail reports that the Everton goalkeeper, who is a clean and powerful striker of a ball, would take a penalty if needed against Germany or at another stage in the tournament. 

“We’ve obviously won our last two penalty shootouts,” Southgate told ITV on Sunday.

“So we have a process that works for us through that preparation and we’ve followed that same process.

“There’s a little bit more focus on it this week but we don’t start it this week as that would be too late, and also we didn’t want to make a bigger thing of it than it is.

“We created a process that works for us, we think the players understand that and we’ll be well prepared if it comes to that moment.”

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Man City goalkeeper Ederson shames David De Gea with penalty in Champions League training

Man City goalkeeper Ederson shames David De Gea with penalty in Champions League training
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson produced a moment of sheer brilliance in training ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Chelsea. Ederson put his fellow goalkeeper David De Gea to shame by drilling a penalty into the top corner.
City are clearly preparing for any eventuality ahead of the Champions League final.

The newly-crowned Premier League champions will take on Chelsea in Porto on Saturday night, and will aim to better their arch rivals’ result from Wednesday night.

City saw their cross-town rivals Manchester United suffer an embarrassing defeat against Villareal on Wednesday.

After a tense 1-1 draw in normal time and a goalless half-hour of extra time, the match went to penalties with every outfield player scoring.

That led to the two goalkeepers being forced to switch roles and take penalties themselves, with Geronimo Rulli firing past De Gea with his effort.

Then, as De Gea stepped up, he saw his shot saved by his opposite number with relative ease, as Villareal players celebrated an unlikely win.

And it seems City are planning to avoid a repeat of United’s defeat, with Ederson practicing penalties in training.

In a video shared by EPL World, Ederson stepped up and smashed the ball into the top corner of the net.

City have struggled from the spot this season, and at one point it was speculated that Ederson would be on the list of penalty takers.

City missed four of their 11 penalties this season, with Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne and most notably Sergio Aguero all missing from the spot.

And Pep Guardiola insisted he would be happy to see his goalkeeper step up.

“He is an option because I am pretty sure he’s a good taker,” he said.

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