Harry Maguire has opened up on the heartbreaking Euro 2020 final loss to Italy after his side lost in a penalty shootout. England took an early lead through Luke Shaw but saw the game slip out of their grasp as the encounter went the full distance.
The 28-year-old defender enjoyed a stellar tournament, having initially been an injury doubt going into the summer. Maguire made his first appearance in the last group game but returned in striking form to help England reach their first European Championship final.
Maguire also took his side’s second penalty of the shootout, taking out a camera inside the top corner in the process.
“Heartbroken, disappointed, gutted. The lads are devastated,” Maguire told ITV after the game.
“We gave everything, we gave absolutely everything out there. It was a bit of ding dong out there. We had the first half, they had the second. Extra-time could have gone either way. We found another gear in the second half of extra time. It’s disappointing to lose the match. It’s not what we came here for – we came to win the trophy.”
Maguire, who had played every minute in the Premier League before his ankle injury in May, could now miss the start of next season due to an extended break.
Pre-season training has already begun but several first-team regulars are not expected to return until later this month, with some not scheduled to train until August.