England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Monday said that he hopes that the football side isn’t defined by the loss they suffered in the finals of Euro 2020. Italy ended England’s dream to win the Euro 2020 here at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday (native time). Azzurri defeated England 3-2 on penalties after the normal 90-minute action had finished at 1-1 and even additional time was once not in a position to break the impasse. “I am hoping they aren’t defined by it. You look at where they’ve gone during the last two or three years and the things they’ve managed to succeed in and you realize it is just the sort of young team,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Stokes as saying.
“They have so a lot more time on their hands to go out and win trophies for England. They’re blessed with youth. Never has an England team been so exciting to watch. I’m really not massively into my football like probably the most other lads, but I absolutely watched each and every time they’ve walked out into the field,” Stokes said.
“You realize they’re going to be devastated. They are going to probably hurt for a couple of more weeks. But I am certain once they get over it and have an understanding of what they can achieve, there will be a lot bigger occasions to come for those guys, no doubt,” he added.
This was once the first time that England had managed to achieve the finals of a major international competition after 1966. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed the chance to net goals in the penalty shootouts for England. The English players were then abused on social media.
“They are going to be absolutely devastated, no doubt. But what they’ve managed to succeed in is implausible. The nation has been totally captured by what they’ve done on the field. Obviously everyone in the nation would have loved to see England win, but just watching the games you are feeling a real connection to the team. The way Gareth Southgate has led, the way Gareth Southgate speaks… I think he has been phenomenal in everything he has done,” said Stokes.
“Us as a national team, albeit in a different sport, we are just incredibly proud of what they managed to do. It is the sort of young team full of talent that the sky is the limit for them. There’s such a lot of more years ahead, such a lot of more tournaments to go and prove themselves in. But in my eyes and everybody else’s eyes in this changing room, they’re absolute legends already,” he added.
The England cricket team is currently playing against Pakistan in the three-match ODI series. The hosts have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series with the last match set to be played on Tuesday.
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