By Rachael Grealish
English fans though it was coming home, but instead the Euros went to Rome.
In a thrilling end to the delayed 2020 European Championship Italy came out victors at Wembley.
After four weeks of the tournament it came down to the dreaded penalty shootout – something that must give Gareth Southgate flashbacks after missing his own penalty in Euro 96.
But, ultimately it was Italy who prevailed in the penalties.
The whole event was a spectacle and even included a star studded crowd that included Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, David Beckham and even Tom Cruise
60,000 fans were allowed in with ugly scenes out side the national stadium as fans broke through barriers.
It was early first blood to England against a side they have never beaten at a major tournament and on a thirty three game unbeaten run.
Manchester United’s Luke Shaw broke up an Italian attack playing the ball out to Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.
Kane then sent it wide to former teammate Kieran Trippier who looked like he had over hit his cross but found Shaw who buried the ball passed Gianluigi Donnarumma’s near post.
English fans were in dreamland two minutes in.
The game then settled with neither side able to crave a clear goal scoring opportunity.
Half time came could it be coming home?
The Italians made the first changes chasing the game and it was one of this that did the damage.
Flick on from an Italian corner, rebound of the post after Jordan Pickford was beaten and Leonardo Bonucci fired home.
But in the end even with extra time, and a stellar group of fans cheering them on, the England team faced that final agony of making it to a final and not quite making it.
All isn’t lost for the England team, there is the World Cup, in Qatar, in 2022.