Gareth Southgate: ‘It feels like my stomach has been ripped out this morning’

Emilee Geist

Gareth Southgate said he feels like his stomach muscles have been “ripped out this morning” following England’s defeat on penalties by Italy last night. Southgate also refused to commit his future to England beyond next year’s World Cup in Qatar. “We have got to qualify for Qatar but I need […]

Gareth Southgate said he feels like his stomach muscles have been “ripped out this morning” following England’s defeat on penalties by Italy last night.

Southgate also refused to commit his future to England beyond next year’s World Cup in Qatar. “We have got to qualify for Qatar but I need some time to go away and watch the game and reflect on the whole tournament, I need a rest,” he said.

“It is an amazing experience but to lead your country in these tournaments takes its toll and I need a break now.” Southgate also condemned the racist abuse directed at some of England’s players and took responsibility for the order of penalty-takers, which has been strongly criticised after the crucial fifth penalty fell to 19-year-old Bukayo Saka.

The UK television audience for the game peaked at 30.95 million making it the most watched event since Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.

Separately this morning, Jack Grealish has hit back at suggestions that he shirked spot-kick duties.

Live updates below.

Table of Contents

02:08 PM

Jude Bellingham speaks out

England midfielder Jude Bellingham admitted racism towards his team-mates was “hurtful but not surprising” in a post on social media.

Bellingham made three substitute appearances at Euro 2020 but did not feature in the final.

“We win together and we lose together,” the Borussia Dortmund midfielder wrote. So proud to have team-mates with such top character. Takes huge b——- just to volunteer.

“As for the racism, hurtful but not surprising. Will never get bored of saying that more needs to be done. Educate and control the platforms!”

01:40 PM

Could it work?

Le Tissier scored 47 of 48 penalties taken for Southampton.

01:23 PM

Who said they don’t read the papers?

01:17 PM

Shirt sale boom, say Sports Direct

By Reuters

England’s Euros journey might have ended in heartbreak but the Three Lions’ run to the final spurred a boom in sales of replica soccer shirts.

Sales of England and other national kits at retailer Sports Direct quadrupled compared to during the 2018 World Cup, the last major tournament to feature England, the company said.

“We’ve seen an uplift in anything related to the England team,” a spokeswoman for Sports Direct parent group Frasers said via email.

The company did not provide specifics on how much it made in sales. The England kit is supplied by U.S. sportswear company Nike.

01:12 PM

The intruder on the Wembley pitch yesterday

12:49 PM

FA to conduct review into security breach

By PA

The Football Association says it will conduct a full review into how people without tickets were able to breach security and gain access to Wembley.

A stadium spokesperson said during the match on Sunday that a “small number” of people had got into the stadium and that security staff and stewards were working to remove them.

However, there have been reports of some ticketless people being inside the stadium for the whole match, and of genuine ticket-holders being afraid to confront people occupying their seats.

The security operation around the match has been widely criticised, and FA chief executive Mark Bullingham told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme on Monday: “We will do a full review and we will work with the police to catch anyone involved and make sure we can prevent it ever happening again.

“Anyone caught will obviously be banned and have the right action taken against them.”

Bullingham said some “drunken yobs” had tried to force their way in, and added: “We run a stadium, not a fortress. We have got a fantastic security team at the stadium and they had never seen anything like it.”

He apologised to any supporter whose experience had been affected as a result of the security breach.

12:35 PM

Southgate condemns racists abuse aimed at Sancho, Saka and Rashford

12:34 PM

Jack Wilshere’s message to Saka

12:29 PM

Like taking down the Christmas decorations in January

England flag bunting decorations are removed from outside 10 Downing Street - AP

England flag bunting decorations are removed from outside 10 Downing Street – AP

12:11 PM

A statement from the PFA on racist online abuse

“Racist abuse causes trauma. It will impact the targeted players, their team-mates, and we know it will also affect their peers. It causes hurt to all the other fans who view online hate, and it will inevitably live with the next aspiring generation of young players.

“Unfortunately, the abusive messages were all too predictable. However, the intervention from social media companies is insufficient, and it is allowing racist abuse to thrive on the platforms.

“Social platforms must permanently ban all offending accounts and proactively compile evidence to give to the police to pursue prosecution. We have collectively called out unsatisfactory policies and action around racist abuse for years – and still, it continues.

“There has been talk of strong commitments and tough measures from the social networks. Based on the evidence so far, we’re not buying it. Social networks, we need you to do better.”

12:07 PM

The next step for England?

11:56 AM

Sad news from Italy

By Reuters

One person died and several were injured during sometimes wild celebrations in Italy after Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

A 22-year-old man died in a car crash in Caltagirone, in Sicily, as he was rushing to the town centre to join victory festivities, police said.

In the financial capital Milan, 15 people were hurt, three seriously, in rowdy, post-match partying. One of them lost three fingers when a firework exploded in his hand.

In a town near the southern city of Foggia, police believe a hitman took advantage of the chaos in the streets to settle a score, shooting dead his target in the crowd before escaping on a motorbike.

The victim’s six-year-old niece was also wounded in the attack and was in a “very serious” condition, media said.

11:42 AM

Some of these rankings have not stood the test of time

But I’ll stand by the profiles of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, written in late 2016

The top 25 best defenders in the world.

11:38 AM

‘A month of brilliant satisfaction’

11:34 AM

Easy to miss this given preoccupations last night

11:31 AM

Harry Maguire’s ‘We shall return’ moment

10:59 AM

BBC’s crushing victory

10:54 AM

Jack Grealish was up for taking a penalty

Full story here: Jack Grealish says he ‘wanted to take a penalty’ — but order was set by form in training

10:40 AM

Twitter’s response to the racist abuse on its site

“The abhorrent racist abuse directed at England players last night has absolutely no place on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Press Association.

“In the past 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1,000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules – the vast majority of which we detected ourselves proactively using technology.

“We will continue to take action when we identify any Tweets or accounts that violate our policies.

“We have proactively engaged and continue to collaborate with our partners across the football community to identify ways to tackle this issue collectively and will continue to play our part in curbing this unacceptable behaviour – both online and offline.”

10:37 AM

Jordan Henderson on last night

10:32 AM

Southgate on crowd disorder

We can only set the example that we believe we should, and represent the country in the way we feel we should.

Everybody has to remember when they support the team that they also represent England, and should represent what we stand for.

The players have done that brilliantly, and we can only continue to try to affect the things we can. I think we’ve had a lot of positive effects on society but we can’t affect everything.

We’ve all got to work collectively to improve those things.

10:11 AM

Jordan Pickford down to take sixth penalty, Kalvin Phillips the seventh

10:01 AM

Southgate’s reflections on his decisions

You make hundreds of decisions in the course of a week.

In the course of a tournament there are even more.

You’re not going to get all of those right.

You’ve got to get more right than wrong.

If I didn’t get them all right last night then so be it, I’ll have to live with that.

09:58 AM

‘It feels like my stomach has been ripped out this morning’

Most teams that win, France went through what we’re feeling now in 2016. Spain did it before they won. It’s normally part of the process you have to go to. The fact we’ve had the first signs of some consistency – semi-final, final – that has to be the right direction.

When you get so close it’s more painful of course. It feels like my stomach’s been ripped out this morning. But I know that is the process we have to go through, and England have to keep that track going, whoever’s here, whoever’s at the FA.

09:57 AM

Southgate on his line-up

We picked a team because of a tactical problem that Italy posed, and where we thought we could hurt them. I think for the first 45 minutes everyone would agree that worked. We didn’t keep the ball well for a 20-minute period, and that is always going to be a strength with Italy. We were actually controlling the game without the ball for long periods, but that period we were a little bit more open and couldn’t release the pressure by keeping the ball.

We changed the shape, which gave us a little bit more control but did open up space elsewhere.

They went with a false nine for a period which is difficult to deal with.

And we didn’t quite create the chances that we would have liked.

But we were against a team who are incredible in terms of their defensive power. There are lots of things we’ll reflect on. Of course, we do that after every game. Until we watch the game in absolute detail, I wouldn’t be giving you a fully accurate portrayal.

09:54 AM

Southgate is asked whether England are too nice

“But when you are in sport and you get to a final you know those opportunities are rare and to be so close and to know what that has taken and know you have to pick up and go again, that is very hard the day after.

“We will go again of course.

Southgate rejected the theory that England are too nice to win major tournaments.

“I don’t see that really, we got to a final for the first time in 55 years,” he said. “I am not really sure…you’re not a nice team to get to a final.

“We have overcome a lot of hurdles that we have been unable to in the past.

“If we had been torn apart or been a mess then I might look at it differently. It is easy to throw theories around at the end of any tournament, but it is important to analyse correctly when you are a coach, I don’t want to go along with theories that I don’t think are correct.”

09:48 AM

Meanwhile … in the Eternal City

09:40 AM

Southgate on his future

England’s head coach Gareth Southgate says he needs time to reflect before signing a new contract.

Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham said during the tournament that he wants to offer Southgate a new deal.

But Southgate told a press conference on Monday: “I don’t think now is an appropriate time to think about anything.

“We have got to qualify for Qatar but I need some time to go away and watch the game and reflect on the whole tournament, I need a rest.

“It is amazing experience but to lead your country in these tournaments takes its toll and I need a break now.”

09:30 AM

Duke of Cambridge condemns racist abuse of players

09:27 AM

Southgate on responsibility

09:23 AM

Teddy Sheringham’s view

‘Ted the head’ was one of the successful penalty takers for England’s victory over Spain at Euro 96 and again during the shootout in the defeat by Germany in the next round. His reaction comes courtesy of talkSPORT:

“You could just feel their pain, couldn’t you? It’s just a horrible feeling. People have been asking me, ‘what did you say to Gareth in ’96?’ What can you say?” Sheringham said.

“No one’s thought of something that’s better than penalties and someone still has to carry that pain.

“The best team in the tournament won the final and the best team in the final won it. If you look at the two countries and where they’re at, Italy are a controlled footballing team, we’re still trying to get there.

“We’re still trying to find the answers of how to control a football match and get the opposition running around. We did for about 30 minutes against Denmark and really looked like a proper footballing team that were wearing Denmark down.

“When the pressure was on last night we were found a little bit wanting, all over the pitch. There were too many hoofed balls out, too many ‘get it away from here, get it up to the front’. We revert back to type, what we’ve done over the years.”

09:18 AM

Mourinho’s comments

Morning. Rob Bagchi sitting in for a spell on this rolling blog. I was intrigued by these comments from Jose Mourinho this morning, the usual cloak and dagger stuff, dropping hints without naming names, mongering rumours and then claiming he is far too responsible to identify who it was.

Many times what happens is players that should be there, they are not there. Players that should be there, they will run away from the responsibility. Don’t ask me who because I will not tell you but I was told, 100 per cent, that one player who would be in this team that’s not, one of the reasons was because in the World Cup semi-final, he should take a penalty and he refused.

But the 2018 World Cup semi-final didn’t go to penalties. Does he mean Southgate compiled a list before the game and the player refused to go on it? Or before extra-time started? Or does he mean the round of 16 game which did go to pens? And in any case which players ‘should’ be in the squad but aren’t? Dele Alli? I’d be surprised if Mourinho thought that the way he dealt with him at Spurs. Jesse Lingard? Jamie Vardy (who isn’t there through his own choice not the manager’s)?

09:10 AM

‘Absolutely gutted’: England fans voice frustration at losing Euro 2020 final against Italy

08:21 AM

A Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester was vandalised last night following England’s loss

Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester vandalised.

Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester vandalised.

08:09 AM

Kalvin Phillips emerges from the England team hotel this morning

Kalvin Phillips leaves the Grove Hotel. - PA

Kalvin Phillips leaves the Grove Hotel. – PA

07:57 AM

Priti Patel joins Boris Johnson in condemning racist abuse of England players

07:46 AM

Jose Mourinho criticises decision to give Saka a penalty

Jose Mourinho has criticised Gareth Southgate’s decision to have Bukayo Saka taking England’s fifth penalty in the Euro 2020 final shootout.

The 19-year-old Arsenal forward’s penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma to hand Italy victory in the Wembley final and Mourinho felt more experienced England players should have been taking a spot-kick.

The Roma manager told talkSPORT: “The decision of the penalty talkers, I think it is hard to leave Saka as the last one. I think it is hard for a kid to have everything on his shoulders at that moment. I just feel very sorry for him.

“In this situation where was (Raheeem) Sterling, where was (John) Stones, where was (Luke) Shaw?

“I feel that Gareth is such an honest guy. Such a protective coach of his players. I don’t think he would ever say players were not ready (to take a penalty).”

Despite the heartbreak of losing the Euro 2020 final on penalties, Mourinho believes England can take confidence into next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

“I believe that if you look forward and you know that you have a World Cup coming very soon there are only reasons to be optimistic. Move to the future with great hope. A lot of these players can be even better for the experience.

“I think people have to start looking at the England national side with different eyes and, for the next World Cup, England will be a strong contender.

“But at the same time I can imagine the frustration and sadness because it was closer than ever. To lose a final at home is very, very hard.

“I think it is a missed opportunity. When you get to a final, anything less than a win is not good. When you lose a final I don’t think you ever forget that. It stays with you forever. I don’t know when they are going to sleep properly because it is hard.

“But the reality is that they did very well. They have a very young team. Gareth and Steve (Holland) together are doing a great job.”

Mourinho had a difficult relationship with Shaw during his spell as Manchester United manager but admitted that the full-back had enjoyed an impressive tournament.

“Because people feel I don’t like Luke Shaw I have to say amazing tournament, fantastic final, no mistakes,” he said. “For him and his career, very good Luke Shaw.”

PA

07:30 AM

A message from England football

07:12 AM

England fans mourn last night’s penalty shootout defeat

06:52 AM

Bonucci’s delight

Veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci hailed Italy’s team spirit that led to their first European Championship title since 1968.

“We were special in that we believed right from day one when we all joined up,” Bonucci said. “There was a different feeling in the air and it’s come to pass, and it’s incredible how, day after day, we never got tired of being together.”

06:50 AM

‘We turned the Three Lions into cubs’

Fair to say there has been plenty of gloating from Italy overnight while the likes of Germany and beaten Danish semi-finalists have wasted no time in sticking the boot into England either.

Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport said: “Football is coming home. We turned the Three Lions into cubs. We were stronger than the good wishes sent by Queen Elizabeth, than the encouragement of Boris Johnson and the good luck message sent by Tom Cruise”

Popular German tabloid Bild wrote “England! Nothing again! followed by: “What a dramatic finale to the finale! England is sinking into a sea of ​​tears at Wembley Stadium, Italy are European champions.”

If you can bring yourself to read more, head on over to our world reaction piece.

06:23 AM

Prime minister condemns racist abuse

Boris Johnson has condemned the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s defeat.

06:16 AM

Ex players console Saka

Former England players offered their support to Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford after their penalty misses.

Micah Richards posted a picture on Instagram of the trio wearing superimposed crowns, adding: “3 kings! Did us proud. F*** the haters.”

And former England captain Steven Gerrard shared an image of Saka, with the comment: “So brave kid.”

06:15 AM

Henderson: use this pain to help us win World Cup

Morning. As England wakes up and realises that it wasn’t just a horrid dream, we’ll be taking in the full range of reaction from this country and around the world.

To start, Jordan Henderson knows the penalty heartbreak will eat at the team but has called on them to use it as fuel to be successful at the World Cup.

Henderson, who came off the bench before being replaced late on ahead of the penalties, believes Gareth Southgate’s side have to build on their performance this summer to peak in Qatar next year.

“Of course you need to learn from the experience,” he said.

“I know it’s disappointing now but we will go away and have a little break, it will eat at you a little bit and you have to use it as fuel to want more, to achieve more and keep pushing each other.

“What we have created this tournament is something really special and hopefully we can bounce back from this.

“I’m sure we will we have Qatar coming up in 16 months, we are in good shape, what we have created is really special.

“I’m really proud of the lads and I’m looking forward to what we can do going forward.”

Henderson played a bit-part during the tournament having only returned to fitness following groin surgery in February.

He felt the team deserved more but paid tribute to Italy, whose goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was named player of the tournament after saving another two penalties in the shoot-out.

“Devastated really,” he told beIN Sports when asked how to sum up the night.

“Devastated for the lads. To think what they have put in, they gave absolutely everything and deserve more.

“For the fans, for the country really, everyone was behind us and we left everything on the field, we gave absolutely everything to try to win and unfortunately we couldn’t do it.

“When it goes to penalties it is a bit of a lottery and anything can happen but fair play to Italy, they are a good side and congratulations to them but at the minute I’m devastated for everyone really.

“We always practice penalties especially in tournaments. Unfortunately that can happen on the night, he (Donnarumma) is a very good goalkeeper, he is very big and it is difficult.

“So the lads showed courage in taking the penalties and will learn from the experience of course.”

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