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Van Dijk on Gareth Southgate as England beaten by Italy in Euro 2020 final

This week has been a heartbreaking one for England fans everywhere. For many Liverpool fans….well, it’s complicated – let’s leave it at that. England were beaten by Italy in the Euro 2020 final. Virgil van Dijk has made his views on the Gareth Southgate choice of penalty takers clear.

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England beaten by Italy in Euro 2020 final

All week people were getting up for it.

Pubs had people queuing from the early hours of the morning with fans vying for the best seat in the house to watch it ‘come home’.

After a remarkably easy run (barring one exception), England met Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

The Three Lions finally came up against a major and in form international side and they fell short.

Luke Shaw put Gareth Southgate’s side a goal ahead after just a couple of minutes.

The Italians seemed panicked for a period but once they settled down they were in full control.

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The Italians netted a second half equaliser and England were lucky not to lose the game in 90 minutes due to all of the pressure they had to soak up.

A largely drab second period and rather uneventful extra time the game went to penalties.

Inevitably England lost on penalties because they always do.

However, all of the love and respect in the world is due to Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka for their courage in stepping up.

Three young men who shouldered an almighty responsibility. In recent times Marcus Rashford in particular has embodied the best our society has to offer and fans should remember him for the good he put in the world and not a blip in a final when he had been on the pitch for a maximum of two minutes.

Virgil van Dijk on Southgate decision

There has been plenty of controversy about the decision to allow Bukayo Saka to take the fifth penalty.

The 19-year-old Arsenal star stepped up for the decisive moment and it didn’t end well.

A more senior player or staff member should have prevented him from taking on that responsibility.

Virgil van Dijk has made his thoughts on the matter clear with a tweet he liked.

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We couldn’t agree with Virgil’s view more.

Bukayo Saka is a diamond, he didn’t need this moment so early on in his career.

We hope that he is able to convalesce and he doesn’t take in the negativity.

All the best, Bukayo.

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