Gareth Southgate’s young England players were comforted by their families after the devastating Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday.
The runners-up were allowed to head straight into the stands and reunited with their loved ones in the immediate aftermath of the Azzurri lifting the trophy.
Marcus Rashford hit the post in the shootout before Gianluigi Donnarumma made two big saves to deny Jadon Sancho and, crucially, 19-year-old Bukayo Saka.
Saka was seen crying with his family, who hugged him and attempted to console him.
The teenager was understandably unable to be cheered up though, as were most of the players picked up by cameras.
Harry Maguire looked glum as he embraced his fiancée Fern Hawkins.
And Jordan Pickford buried his face in a hug from his father.
Phil Foden was not in the squad for the final due to an injury.
Regardless, he was seen in the stands holding his two-year-old son Ronnie.
Similarly, Declan Rice lifted up his nephews and they attempted to put a smile back on his face.
And Mason Mount was comforted by his father Tony.
In the match itself, Luke Shaw gave England a sensational early lead after just one minute and 57 seconds.
Wembley erupted with joyous celebrations, the likes of which the stadium had not seen for any international goal since its renovation.
However, on 67 minutes, the Three Lions’ defensive resilience was broken.
A fiercely whipped in corner from Domenico Berardi was flicked on towards Verratti, whose header was pushed against the post by a flailing Pickford before being turned in by Leonardo Bonucci.
The Italians behind the goal celebrated, but most of Wembley was stunned into silence.
With no further goals after extra-time, the match went to a penalty shoot-out.
Italy blinked first with Jordan Pickford saving from Andrea Belotti.
But Marcus Rashford, brought on specifically to take a penalty, hit the post.
Then Jadon Sancho, who like Rashford was a last-gasp substitute, had his spot-kick saved by Donnarumma.
Jorginho – the man known for penalty perfection – was remarkably kept out by Pickford.
But Donnarumma saved from Saka and crowned Italy champions.
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