Italy completed a dominant European Championship campaign with a penalty shootout win over England at the Wembley Stadium.
England took a step forward from the 2018 semifinal World Cup defeat but ultimately fell short yet again in a predictable fashion in the final.
The script was all too similar to the Croatia defeat – an early lead, sit back, invite pressure, cede control in midfield, and get punished.
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Gareth Southgate set England in a 3-4-3 formation, bringing in Kieran Trippier at right wing-back in place of Bukayo Saka. Italy lined up in a 4-3-3 as it had done throughout the tournament.
For the opening goal in the second minute of the game, England capitalised on Italy’s shape being pulled apart after a successful corner. Mason Mount and Luke Shaw drew in the Italians to the left…