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Prince George was on an emotional roller coaster as England lost Euro 2020 to Italy

Maria Noyen   

Prince George was on an emotional roller coaster as England lost Euro 2020 to Italy
  • England scored two minutes into Sunday's Euro 2020 final and Prince George was seen celebrating.
  • The 7-year-old then went through an emotional whirlwind after Italy made a comeback.
  • A big football fan, Prince George joined parents Kate Middleton and Prince William at the match.

Prince George wasn't too pleased when England lost the UEFA Euro 2020 final on Sunday in a penalty shootout.

On Sunday, the 7-year-old accompanied his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to Wembley Stadium, where they joined over 60,000 fans cheering for England as they played Italy.

England - a team that has never won the Euro championship - got off to a great start after defender Luke Shaw scored a goal two minutes into the game. Emotions among the crowd and viewers across the country ran high as dreams of winning came within reach.

To celebrate the goal, the prince jumped out of his seat to give his mother a hug. Like any other kid at the game, he was seen laughing out loud, beaming from ear to ear, and clapping for his team.

However, when Italy scored with 23 minutes left in the game, the prince saw the match wasn't going quite England's way and looked out to the pitch somberly.

With the score standing at 1-1, the game went to a half hour of extra time. When no team scored during that time, the game went to a penalty shootout.

As Insider's sports editor Will Martin reported, England's hopes of a win quickly waned as the team missed three penalties. England's Marcus Rashford hit the post on his attempt before Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved the ball on attempts by Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, resulting in a 3-2 shootout loss for England.

George, visibly sad, was comforted by his parents.

George is known for being quite the England soccer fan. When he turned 6, Kate Middleton, 39, released photographs of her son wearing the national team jersey.

The young prince had also been watching England closely this Euro season. When England played Germany on June 29, he accompanied his father, Prince William, 39, to Wembley wearing matching suits.

Following England's loss at the Euro final, Prince William called the outcome "heartbreaking."

Captioning a team photo reposted on his official Instagram account, he added: "@England, you've all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn't our day. You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves - I know there's more to come. W."

William has also spoken out against the racist abuse some England players have faced since the loss, as the BBC reported that three England players who missed penalties have been subjected to racial slurs on social media.

On Monday, William - who is the president of the English Football Association - tweeted that he was "sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night's match."

"It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour," he added. "It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable."

The Metropolitan Police said in a tweet that it plans to investigate the "totally unacceptable" abuse.


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