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    Lineker reveals what he told Anthony Gordon in a private chat about playing just FOUR MINUTES for England at Euro 2024

    GARY LINEKER offered comforting words to Anthony Gordon in a private chat after England fell to a 2-1 defeat to Spain in the Euro 2024 final.Of those 21 England players who featured at the tournament, no one had less time on the pitch than Gordon – who received just FOUR minutes.Anthony Gordon was offered some comforting words by Gary LinekerCredit: RexGordon played just four minutes of football at Euro 2024Credit: ReutersGary Lineker has been fronting the BBC’s coverageHe was limited to just one substitute appearance in the dying minutes of England’s final group game against Slovenia last month.Although Gordon impressed during that brief cameo – helping to create the Three Lions’ best chance of the night – Gareth Southgate did not call upon the 23-year-old again on the way to the final. Gordon threw his arms around Bukayo Saka, John Stones and Luke Shaw after England’s defeat to Spain before later bumping into Lineker.Lineker, 63, reassured Gordon that “it will happen” for him in an England shirt after the Newcastle United star’s lack of game time in Germany.READ MORE ON EURO 2024The Match of the Day presenter told the Rest is Football podcast: “I saw Gordon after the game.”I said to him briefly, ‘I feel for you in this tournament. I think you should have got more minutes.'”He was very kind and I went, ‘But don’t worry. You will get more chances. It will happen for you.’ He’s very young.”Alan Shearer replied by explaining how difficult it was to drop Harry Kane, but agreed that Gordon should have been more involved.Most read in Euro 2024BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSThis felt like our time… but keep Gareth’s culture and we can win it in 2026 instead, writes Jack WilshereIT will take a while for me and every England fan to get over this, writes Jack Wilshere.To come so close to winning that trophy, only to be beaten in a second Euros final in a row, is a huge disappointment.Especially when it really felt like this was our time.It seemed that everything was coming together for us to end the long wait for a major title.But Spain deserved it. They were the better team in the final and the best team of the tournament.We will all — supporters, players, coaches, the FA — have to move on and go again.Because English football is still in a good position.Gareth Southgate has taken us to two finals, a semi-final and a quarter-final in four tournaments. We have never produced a run like that before.The challenge now is to maintain this level of competitiveness and make England even better.Southgate and his staff have done a fantastic job in changing the whole environment and narrative around the national team.Whether Gareth carries on or not, the wider culture he has put in place must be preserved.This tournament was the biggest test of that culture the team had to go through.They overcame the problems and went all the way, only to fall at the final hurdle.But there is every reason to believe we can challenge at the World Cup in 2026 and beyond.We’ve got a really good group of players, many of them young, who can go on playing and performing for England for years.Jude Bellingham, Kobbie Mainoo, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Cole Palmer — to name just five — have plenty more tournaments in them.This tournament will also be an inspiration for the next generations of players. Unfortunately there isn’t the trophy lift to take that to a completely different level.But England have delivered moments in Germany that will be replayed forever.The Bellingham overhead kick and Ollie Watkins’ semi-final winner will be recreated in playgrounds and cages up and down the country.What I would like to see now is England continuing to develop, to become a team that can consistently dominate opponents and can give a real identity to English football.We now have players who are comfortable on the ball and technically very good.The biggest disappointment of the tournament was that we didn’t see that as often as we would have liked. That leaves us with a ‘what if?’ feeling.England must not lose that old-school mentality of finding a way to win even when you’re not playing well — that never-say-die spirit which got us through this Euros more than once.But the next step is to allow other qualities to shine through, to give the players that our system is creating the platform to show  everything they can do.The job for me and for other coaches is to keep producing players that are comfortable on the ball and understand how to perform under pressure at a high level.English football is in a good place but we need to keep going. Then we will finally get over the line.Real all of SunSport columnist Jack Wilshere’s Euro 2024 columns…Shearer added: “There’s no way you can ever drop your captain and your record goalscorer and a guy who’s on three goals without playing particularly well.“So it’s impossible, I mean you couldn’t do it and I wouldn’t have done it. I would have kept him in the team but I would have had more legs in and around him.”Heartbroken England heroes leave team hotel in Germany and head home after devastating loss to Spain in Euro 2024 final”But Kane did not look right. Whether he was carrying an injury or I don’t know.”Meanwhile Micah Richards declared that Marc Guehi was England’s most consistent player in Germany.Eberechi Eze made three substitute appearances in Germany and had 99 minutes on the pitch.Meanwhile Crystal Palace’s Adam Wharton received ZERO minutes and Ivan Toney landed a mere 42 minutes across the month.Ollie Watkins – who scored the 90th minute winner against the Netherlands in the semi-final – was awarded 38 minutes in total.Meanwhile fans were always pleased to see Cole Palmer enter the fray as the Chelsea star got just 125 minutes from the bench.READ MORE SUN STORIESPalmer’s second-half wonder strike had cancelled out Nico William’s 47th minute opener – but his heroics were unable to stop heartbreak against Spain.A late Mikel Oyarzabal goal separated the two sides, with England, despite having an effort cleared off the line – unable to equalise for a second time.Maybe Kane really is cursed as trophy drought goes on… he may never get a better chance with EnglandIT now seems as though he really is cursed. Along with the rest of us, writes Charlie Wyett.Tragically, unbelievably, Harry Kane’s agonising search for a trophy still continues and you know have to wonder whether he will ever actually manage it.Certainly for England, in any case.Kane has now suffered defeat in three major club finals and two finals of the European Championships.Last night, the Three Lions captain was so ineffective that he was replaced by Ollie Watkins just after the hour.Like much of this tournament, he really struggled to make the impact when England needed him, not that he had much service.He had one shot in the first half and that was Rodri, who subsequently injured himself and went off at the break.When Cole Palmer struck that brilliant equaliser, Kane was off on his feet from the bench, only for the national team to get another kick in the bo**ocks at the end.Kane was substituted in both the games against Switzerland and Holland which England went on to win but on this occasion, he could only witness a gut-wrenching twist just when it looked as though Gareth Southgate’s team had dug their way out of trouble.The Bayern Munich striker suffered the World Cup 2018 semi-final loss against Croatia, endured heartbreak against Italy in the Euro2020 final and then missed from the spot in the World Cup 2022 quarter-final against France.He really thought that this was his time, even though England did not play well in Germany.Kane will know that he will have more opportunities with England. But not many more.The World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico seems a long way away and it will surely be under a new manager. Will England be better than they are now? Probably not.And we are all left to wonder how much better England would have been with a fit and firing Kane at his very best.Read the full verdict on the curse of Harry Kane…Or check out all of Charlie Wyett’s Euro 2024 stories… More

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    Wolves star Hwang Hee-chan agrees to join Marseille but French giants miles off Premier League club’s transfer fee

    WOLVES star Hwang Hee-chan has reached an agreement in principle to join Marseille.L’OM have been keeping tabs on Hwang, 28, during the summer transfer window and had an opening offer worth £20million turned down by the Molineux outfit.Wolves star Hwang Hee-chan has agreed personal terms to join MarseilleCredit: GettyTalks are ongoing between Wolves and Marseille for HwangCredit: GettySunSport understand that the striker has agreed personal terms with the French giants and is keen on a move to the Velodrome.Talks are ongoing between Wolves and Marseille in a bid to iron out a deal for the South Korea international.The Premier League side are demanding £30m to let Hwang go this summer and Marseille have yet to meet those requirements.The centre-forward has a contract with Wolves until 2028.Read More on FootballHwang enjoyed an impressive campaign with Gary O’Neil’s side this past term.The South Korean amassed a total of 13 goals and three assists in 31 appearances.SunSport have also learned that Marseille could shelve their bid for Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood because talks are taking too long.Greenwood is taking too long to decide and Roberto De Zerbi’s side have set their sights elsewhere.Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSTherefore, Marseille are now looking to sign Brighton ace Simon Adingra.Adingra played under De Zerbi at the Amex Stadium last season.Wolves boss Gary O’Neil issues summer transfer warning to fans and says -certain managers would not want to work under these circumstancesThe Italian tactician rates the winger highly and is keen on a reunion at the Velodrome this summer.SunSport also understand that Marseille have held talks with the Ivory Coast international’s camp. More

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    Watch Cucurella stand on table and sing about ‘drinking Estrella and making Haaland tremble’ during Spain celebrations

    MARC CUCURELLA celebrated Spain’s Euro 2024 triumph by standing on a table and singing a bizarre song.The defender played a crucial role in the final win over England as he assisted Mikel Oyarzabal’s winning goal.Marc Cucurella sang to his team-mates after the Euro 2024 finalCredit: X formerly TwitterHe performed a song about himselfCredit: X formerly TwitterCucurella, 25, had an eventful tournament in which he was booed for escaping a handball decision against Germany.He was also pointed out as a weak spot in Spain’s team by Gary Neville.However, the Chelsea ace proved vital to his nation’s victory in Germany.After the trophy lift, the Spanish players made their way to a private function to celebrate.READ MORE ON EURO 2024A video was captured inside the room with the players in which Cucurella serenaded the team.He stood on top of a table, singing a fan song about himself that involved drinking beer and Erling Haaland.The full lyrics are: “Cucu, Cucurella, eat a paella.”Cucu, Cucurella, drink an Estrella.Most read in Euro 2024CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERS”Haaland’s trembling, Cucurella’s coming.”Haaland’s trembling, Cucurella’s coming. So eat a biscuit.”Lamine Yamal accidentally shows world his naked Spain team-mates in live social media blunder after England win Cucurella hit back at Neville’s comments after the final in an Instagram post.He wrote: “We went all the way Gary. Thanks for your support.”His girlfriend Claudia Rodriguez also fired a dig at Neville as she wrote: “How was your night, @gneville2?”.Cucurella was congratulated by Chelsea on social media.However, fans have demanded that the club “fold” due to it being an English side.Cucurella’s girlfriend Claudia Rodriguez hit back at NevilleThey shared a kiss on the pitch following the final More

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    Brazil World Cup winner Dunga, 60, and wife cheat death as they are rushed to hospital after horror car crash

    BRAZIL legend Dunga was rushed to hospital after being involved in a horror car crash.The 60-year-old’s vehicle overturned as he travelled on the motorway from Sao Paulo to Campina Grande do Sul on Saturday afternoon.Dunga was involved in a horror car crashCredit: Jam Press VidHis car flipped over and he was rushed to hospital alongside his wifeCredit: Jam Press VidThe couple incredibly suffered just minor injuriesCredit: Jam Press VidDunga is married to Evanir VerriHis wife Evanir Verri was in the passenger seat at the time of the accident.The couple, who were supposedly coming home after visiting family, were rushed to hospital.But they both somehow suffered just minor injuries and were discharged a day later.Dunga’s son Bruno thanked doctors and members of the public for their help.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLHe said in a statement: “To everyone who was concerned and supported the family, to the truck driver who immediately helped with first aid and to the Angelina Caron Hospital, where we were very well looked after by the team.”Police say the the former midfielder was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.And cops believe the accident may have occurred due to the road surface, which was slippery after heavy rain.Dunga has legendary status in Brazil as he captained his country to 1994 World Cup glory.Most read in FootballDunga won the World Cup in 1994Credit: AlamyThe icon also won the Copa America twice and an Olympics silver medal in his playing days.He went on to have two spells as manager of the national team from 2006 to 2010 before returning for a further two years in 2014.Where are they now: The unusual careers of former footballersWho are these famous footballers? More

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    Wills’ will be relieved at close relationship with son George amid war with brother Harry, body language expert reveals

    PRINCE William’s deep bond with son George will be a relief amid his troubled relationship with Harry, a body language expert has said.Wills and George, 10, warmed the hearts of England fans across the country despite the devastating 2-1 loss to Spain in last night’s Euro 2024 final.Heart-warming moment Prince William hugs son George, 10The father-son duo leapt into the air and pumped their fists as England scored their first goalThe two were seen bonding at the nail-biting match last night, watching the game at the edge of their seats.Body language expert Judi James has given her detailed analysis of the interactions between the father and son duo.Judi James said: “These are spontaneous, knee-jerk body language rituals from William and George as they react to the agony and ecstasy that was England’s performance in the finals.”She claims the two are “two-peas-in-a-pod”, with their shockingly similar reactions.She continued: “Their intense mirroring is more than just flattering, it’s hero-worship mimicry of a dad by his young son. “William and George’s peas-in-a-pod behaviours here look subliminal rather than conscious, showing the pair share stronger, deeper bonds of like-minded thinking and reactions.”GOOD ROLE MODELJudi highlighted the deliberate choice of dressing alike, which signifies George’s view of his father as a positive role model.She said: “The dressing alike is a deliberate mimicry that suggests George sees his dad as a very positive role model.Most read in Euro 2024″Despite being a simple fact, this is a very powerful statement in terms of the continuity of the monarchy.”She comments on the “suffering” the Prince has endured amidst the ongoing war with younger brother Prince Harry.William arrives with George to cheer on Three Lions in Euros final after declaring ‘show the world what you’re made of’Judi said: “William is already suffering from the behaviours of his rogue, rebellious younger brother,”A sense of empathy, loyalty, and shared goals from the son who will also be replacing him as King one day is important and reassuring to both of them. It is defining them as friends as well as dad and son.”A CHANGED PRINCEThe body language expert claims Will has changed, he’s evolved past his usual reserved self and loosened up, especially around George.She added: “William has lost so many body language inhibitions recently. “His rather stuffy, reserved or shy-looking behaviours have now been replaced by an ability to share his emotions,”Whether he’s dancing like no-one is looking at a Taylor Swift concert or leaping, roaring or clutching his face in agony as he does here at the England game.”She said: “George might be partly responsible for this change in behaviour.”This analysis comes amid discussions about the strained relationship between William and his brother, Harry.The shared reactions between the father and son were particularly striking.Judi said: “The pair leap up together with their mouths open and fists clenched in a shared ritual of battleground victory when there is a goal,”They both clap their hands over the sides of their faces in a self-attack gesture that mimics a desire to hide the expression of loss and weakness from your opponents when Spain score.”These are primal rituals that show the strongest of bonds and define William and his son, like their chosen ‘uniform’ as a united team.”After their ‘warrior’ responses though there is also the hugging, which shows shared delight and high levels of affection.”The tension between the royal brothers has been a hot topic, particularly regarding whether the Sussexes or the Waleses should make the first move to attempt a reconciliation.Charles Rae, the legendary former royal correspondent spoke to The Sun’s royal editor Matt Wilkinson on The Sun’s Royal Exclusive show.He expressed that he believes it is up to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to make the first move.But he doubts it would be accepted by William and Catherine due to the extensive history of conflict and public criticism, including the Oprah Winfrey interview, their Netflix show, and Harry’s book Spare.He said: “I think it is down to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to make the first move.“Whether or not it would be accepted by William and Catherine, I doubt very much it would be.“There’s too much water which has gone under that bridge.”The former correspondent shared his concerns over William.He said: “William’s got a lot more on his mind right now than repairing the troubles with his own brother. He’s got his wife to look after and his three children.”He then suggested Meghan to be a “driving force” in why the reconciliation may not happen.Charles’ comments echo those of another royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams who told The Sun that “petulant” Harry must be the first one to make a move to heal the rift with William.He added that any rift is “undesirable”, especially when people are battling illness with both King Charles and the Princess of Wales being treated for cancer.READ MORE SUN STORIESMeanwhile, the Sussex saga continues as William is keeping Princess Kate and his family “well away from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry”.Elsewhere, a royal expert reveals why it’s ‘obvious’ this explosive feud with Prince William is ‘firmly cemented’ and here to stay.A timeline of Prince Harry’s family feudIN 2018, the Sun told how “simmering tensionThe first hints of friction reportedly came after William was introduced to Meghan when she was staying at Kensington Palace.Once she’d returned home to Canada, William and Harry sat down for a brother-to-brother chat.He knew Harry was already head-over-heels for her but it has been claimed he advised him to take it slowly.The younger prince reportedly didn’t take too kindly to the advice, with one royal source saying he “went mental”.Then in June 2019 Harry and Meghan officially split off from the charity they shared with William and Kate.The Royal Foundation will be divided between the Sussexes and Cambridges as the couples focus on their own separate charitable endeavours.Prince William and Prince Harry first established the Royal Foundation in 2009 before Kate joined two years later shortly after their engagement was announced.The trio would often appear together at events and the Foundation had huge successes with projects like the Invictus Games for injured veterans and the mental health Heads Together campaign.The Royal Foundation said the decision was made following the conclusion of a review into its structure – but added both couples will continue to work together in the future.Harry and Meg were living in close proximity to Kate and Wills within the Kensington Palace estate, but they switched to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor before baby Archie was born.The move further increased rumours of a fallout.Harry also hinted in his ITV documentary “Harry and Meghan, An African Journey” that he and his brother had grown apart.In 2021, Harry and Meghan give their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey where Harry accused his dad of cutting him off financially.Harry then jetted back to UK to join William in unveiling a statue to their mother Princess Diana in the grounds of Kensington Palace. But sources claimed William didn’t want to attend the memorial amid their ongoing rift.In 2022, just before their grandmother the Queen died, sources claimed Kate acts as a “peacemaker” between the brothers.Harry claimed his brother “knocked him to the floor” during an argument about Meghan, in his memoir.In Spare, Harry said William branded Meghan “rude” and “difficult” during a row.Harry alleged William “grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and … knocked me to the floor”.He said he was left with a visible injury to his back following the argument in 2019 at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, where he was living at the time.In January this year, Harry flew in to be with Charles after the monarch’s shock cancer diagnosis.Harry flew back to the US the following day – without seeing Wills. In May he visited the UK for a three-day visit without seeing King Charles or Prince William.The pair cheered on the Three LionsAs the game took a heart-breaking turn, the two couldn’t bare to watchThe nail-biting match had them at the edge of their seatDevastated at the loss, George mirrors his father’s reactionThe feud between the royal brother continuesExpert says William has family and wife, Princess Catherine to worry about More

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    Football fans in stitches at John Terry interview on GMB alongside Sam Allardyce as they say ‘dude is a meme’

    FOOTBALL fans have been left in stitches after spotting what was in the backdrop for John Terry’s TV interview this morning.Chelsea legend Terry, 43, was a special guest alongside Sam Allardyce on ITV programme Good Morning Britain (GMB).John Terry left fans in stitches with his appearance on Good Morning BritainCredit: X formerly Twitter / @GMBHe was appearing alongside former England boss Sam AllardyceCredit: X formerly Twitter / @GMBThe pair were brought on to react to England’s defeat in the Euro 2024 finalCredit: X formerly Twitter / @GMBThe pair were on tele to discuss England’s 2-1 defeat to Spain in last night’s Euro 2024 final.However, the former Three Lions captain gave fans a chuckle as he humbly displayed many of his trophies behind him while conducting the interview.Reacting to his appearance, one fan said: “John Terry was on one of the breakfast shows this morning and I swear he’s got under 18’s medals in his background (along with everything he ever won). “Dude is a meme.”READ MORE IN FOOTBALLA second said: “John Terry sitting in front of all his trophies,” adding a laughing emoji afterwards.Another said: “John Terry and his trophies,” again adding a laughing emoji.A fourth added: “John Terry loves to be seen with trophies.”Terry, who made 78 caps for the Three Lions, won a ton of club trophies while at Stamford Bridge.Most read in Euro 2024BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSALL THE FALLOUTENGLAND fell at the final hurdle at Euro 2024, losing to a dramatic late Mikel Oryazabal winner as Spain won the tournament.His numerous accolades include the Champions League, five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the Europa League.Terry, who also starred at Aston Villa for one season before retiring in 2018, also won a number of personal accolades, including Chelsea’s Player of the Year twice and PFA Players’ Player of the Year.Gareth Southgate drops quit hint on live TV minutes after England’s heartbreaking Euro 2024 final lossHe was also in the Premier League Team of the Year and FIFA FIFPro World XI five times each.However, despite being a part of England’s so-called “golden generation” Terry and co were never able to make it past the quarter-final stage of a major international tournament.Meanwhile, under Gareth Southgate – who is expected to call time on his time at the helm despite reports suggesting the FA want to keep him on for the World Cup – England have made the semi-finals of international tournaments three times, including back-to-back Euros finals.Terry’s old team-mate Frank Lampard is one name tipped to replace Southgate if he leaves.This felt like our time… but keep Gareth’s culture and we can win it in 2026 instead, writes Jack WilshereIT will take a while for me and every England fan to get over this, writes Jack Wilshere.To come so close to winning that trophy, only to be beaten in a second Euros final in a row, is a huge disappointment.Especially when it really felt like this was our time.It seemed that everything was coming together for us to end the long wait for a major title.But Spain deserved it. They were the better team in the final and the best team of the tournament.We will all — supporters, players, coaches, the FA — have to move on and go again.Because English football is still in a good position.Gareth Southgate has taken us to two finals, a semi-final and a quarter-final in four tournaments. We have never produced a run like that before.The challenge now is to maintain this level of competitiveness and make England even better.Southgate and his staff have done a fantastic job in changing the whole environment and narrative around the national team.Whether Gareth carries on or not, the wider culture he has put in place must be preserved.This tournament was the biggest test of that culture the team had to go through.They overcame the problems and went all the way, only to fall at the final hurdle.But there is every reason to believe we can challenge at the World Cup in 2026 and beyond.We’ve got a really good group of players, many of them young, who can go on playing and performing for England for years.Jude Bellingham, Kobbie Mainoo, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Cole Palmer — to name just five — have plenty more tournaments in them.This tournament will also be an inspiration for the next generations of players. Unfortunately there isn’t the trophy lift to take that to a completely different level.But England have delivered moments in Germany that will be replayed forever.The Bellingham overhead kick and Ollie Watkins’ semi-final winner will be recreated in playgrounds and cages up and down the country.What I would like to see now is England continuing to develop, to become a team that can consistently dominate opponents and can give a real identity to English football.We now have players who are comfortable on the ball and technically very good.The biggest disappointment of the tournament was that we didn’t see that as often as we would have liked. That leaves us with a ‘what if?’ feeling.England must not lose that old-school mentality of finding a way to win even when you’re not playing well — that never-say-die spirit which got us through this Euros more than once.But the next step is to allow other qualities to shine through, to give the players that our system is creating the platform to show  everything they can do.The job for me and for other coaches is to keep producing players that are comfortable on the ball and understand how to perform under pressure at a high level.English football is in a good place but we need to keep going. Then we will finally get over the line.Real all of SunSport columnist Jack Wilshere’s Euro 2024 columns… More

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    Kate shares new pic of Charlotte & Louis watching Euros at home while George roared support from stands with dad William

    WILLIAM and Kate have shared a new photo of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis watching England’s Euro 2024 final together.Charlotte, nine, and Louis, six, are both wearing England shirts with their names on the back in the cute snap taken by Kate.Charlotte and Louis watching the gameAnd in a personal message, the Prince and Princess of Wales wrote: “England, your teamwork, grit and determination were an inspiration to all of us, young and old. Congratulations to Spain.It comes as William was in attendance with son George, 10, at the Olympiastadion in Berlin last night.The dad and son erupted with joy when Cole Palmer equalised in the 73rd minute.In their adorable bonding moments, George, was also snapped appearing to strategise with his father.Read more royalsThe young royal furrowed his brows and pointed towards the pitch amid the intense Euro 2024 final.Meanwhile, Wills was spotted with an equally invested expression and open hands as he watched on the edge of his seat.But they both had their heads in their hands as England’s dream of ending 58 years of heartache came crashing down with a 2-1 defeat.The Prince took to X after the game to commiserate the players.Most read in Euro 2024The proud royal wrote: “This time it just wasn’t meant to be. We’re all still so proud of you. Onwards @England. W.”King Charles also sent a message of support to Gareth Southgate, and the England team.Heartbroken England heroes leave team hotel in Germany and head home after devastating loss to Spain in Euro 2024 finalIt read: “Although victory may have eluded you this evening, nevertheless my wife and I join all my family in urging you and your support team to hold your heads high.“All those who have participated in sporting activities at any level will know how utterly despairing such a result can feel when the prize was so near – and will join me in sending heartfelt sympathy, even as we congratulate Spain.“But please know that your success in reaching the European Championship final is a really great achievement in itself, and one that brings with it the pride of a nation which will continue to roar for the Three Lions today – and in the many triumphs which I have no doubt lie ahead. Charles R”In a busy week of sport, Kate also presented trophies to Wimbledon players on Sunday.Kate Middleton, 42, handed champion Carlos Alcaraz, 21, his golden cup as he retained his Wimbledon title against rival Novak Djokovic.It marked her second public appearance of the year as she continues to receive cancer treatment.Kate said she was “glad to be back” at Wimbledon as the royal was greeted with a standing ovation and roaring crowds.She stunned in a custom purple Safiyaa Cecilia dress and wore her hair in loose curls, while pairing the elegant outfit with gold jewelry.READ MORE SUN STORIESThe princess also donned her signature small bow pin to celebrate the occasion.William and George at the final last nightCredit: EURO 2024 News Pool (ENP)William and George shared a number of bonding momentsCredit: EURO 2024 News Pool (ENP)Kate at the Men’s Wimbledon final on SundayCredit: Darren Fletcher More

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    Spain sensation Lamine Yamal, 17, goes public with TikTok star girlfriend after Euro 2024 win over England

    TEENAGE sensation Lamine Yamal went public with TikTok star girlfriend Alex Padilla following Spain’s Euro 2024 triumph.Barcelona playmaker Yamal, who turned 17 on Saturday, assisted Nico Williams’ opener shortly after half time in Berlin as Luis de la Fuente’s side claimed a 2-1 victory over England.Lamine Yamal posed with girlfriend Alex Padilla and his Young Player of the Tournament awardCredit: GettyHe was all smiles as he celebrated Spain’s Euro 2024 triumphCredit: GettyYamal and Alex took selfies together after the trophy ceremonyCredit: GettyIt capped a sensational first international tournament for the prodigious young talent – who became the youngest scorer in Euros history with a screamer in the semi-final win over France.And after Spain clinched the trophy on Sunday, all eyes were still on Yamal as he cosied up with partner Alex.Yamal was seen posing for photos with the TikTok star as they held his Young Player of the Tournament award.Student Alex, who has more than 300,000 followers on social media, wore a Spain shirt with Yamal on the back for the match.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLThe pair, who also took selfies together, have been rumoured to be a couple during the tournament as Alex reportedly attended a number of Spain’s games.It is understood she sat next to Yamal’s family for the matches.She is also one of just two accounts the Barcelona star follows on TikTok.Meanwhile, Yamal’s dad, Mounir Nasraoui, was also seen celebrating after the victory over England.Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSNasraoui recently heaped praise on his son, insisting the teenager can eclipse the astonishing achievements of Barcelona icon Lionel Messi.Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: “You cannot imagine how proud I am of my son.Yamal destroys Rabiot on and off the pitch after France star sparked ’embarrassing’ feud with Spanish teen “I always knew that he would achieve what he has. I had total faith.”And I have faith that he could go all the way and be greater than Messi.”Yamal has already played 51 games for Barcelona’s first team, scoring seven goals and providing 10 assists.Spain’s Euros triumph marks his second major honour after winning the LaLiga title last year.Inside the baffling, brilliant story of Lamine Yamal – from being bathed by Messi to doing homework while taking Euros by stormLAMINE YAMAL has confirmed his status as football’s next superstar at Euro 2024 – but has only been playing 11-a-side games for four years, write Jack Rosser.Spain’s incredible 16-year-old bent home the goal of the tournament so far against France as La Roja sealed the spot in the final.But his first five years in Barcelona’s academy were spent playing seven-a-side football, up until the age of 12 in 2020 when he finally got a crack at 11-a-side games.Yamal’s story is baffling, brilliant and barely believable in equal measure.He is a boy born to a Moroccan father and a mother from Equatorial Guinea, who turns 17 tomorrow and was cradled by footballing royalty at just six months old.Staggering pictures of Yamal as a baby being held and bathed by Messi, taken for a Barcelona charity calendar 16 years ago, resurfaced this week.He did not restrict his brushes with greatness to Barcelona either, with footage of Yamal as an academy player walking as a mascot with Spain and Real Madrid icon Sergio Ramos at an El Clasico in 2016.There is a touch of fate about this gem, Spain’s “little MVP”, as team-mate Nico Williams has dubbed him.Yamal has been doing homework in his spare time and received exam results during the tournament. He passed, obviously.Now he’s the youngest ever goalscorer at the Euros, also becoming the youngest player to ever start a major semi-final – claiming that title from Pele.But it’s Yamal’s humble approach on and off the pitch that most impresses everyone he meets.And France star Adrien Rabiot probably felt quite embarrassed as he boarded his plane back home from Germany.He had tried to intimidate Yamal ahead of their semi-final clash – telling Yamal he “needs to do more.”Was this good enough, then? Yamal responded with a goal for the ages and a man of the match performance.A season which started with a pre-season game against Tottenham where Yamal excelled but was overshadowed by Oliver Skipp scoring a brace will end on the biggest stage European football has to offer on Sunday.From being outshone by Skipp to eclipsing Pele’s records is not a bad year’s work – just imagine what he will do when he grows up.Read all about the incredible rise of Lamine Yamal in full… More