It didn’t come home, nothing’s coming home. Instead, a battle-hardened Italian team extinguished England’s delirious Euro 2020 dreams, ending its Wembley party most cruelly with a penalty shootout defeat in the final on Sunday.
As the Italian players sang and danced, kissed and cried, bathed in sparkling ticker tape, for the English it was another false dawn.
The whole of England had been brimming with hope and expectation, but the Italians had the last word and used it well.
“It’s a unique pleasure to see 58,000 people leave before the trophy presentation,” Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci said dryly.
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“Now the cup is coming to Rome. They thought it was staying here, I’m sorry for them but Italy has once again taught a lesson.”
So while Italy now has two European Championships to add to its four…