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    Harry Kane’s ‘worried’ chat with Gareth Southgate before Euro 2024 revealed after England ace shell shocked at decision

    HARRY KANE had a “worried” chat with England manager Gareth Southgate before Euro 2024, reports say. Captain Kane and boss Southgate walked away with runners-up medals after a heartbreaking loss to Spain. Harry Kane with England manager Gareth SouthgateCredit: AFPSouthgate’s squad selection and tactics came under questioning throughout the tournament in Germany. But even before a ball was kicked – when he had to whittle his squad down to 26 – eyebrows were raised. The likes of Harry Maguire and Jack Grealish – regulars in major competitions under Southgate before – were not chosen. Maguire was still nursing a calf injury but hoped he would be fit for the knockout stages. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLWhereas Grealish endured a tough season with Manchester City despite helping them to a third consecutive Premier League title.According to The Athletic, the decision made by Southgate to omit the experienced pair confused senior members of the England squad. It is claimed Kane went for a walk with Southgate at Tottenham’s training ground before pre-Euros friendly games. There, Kane was “worried” after Marcus Rashford, Jordan Henderson, Maguire and Grealish were all left out. Most read in Euro 2024This 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…CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSThe Bayern Munich striker looked for answers from Southgate to better understand his reasoning for the decision. Grealish was still in the England camp when he was told the news and was also shocked by Southgate’s decision. Harry Kane reacts to Euro 2024 final loss to SpainTeam-mates were said to have visited him in his camp bedroom to console the City star. It is believed members of the Three Lions squad felt Grealish’s experienced in big games and moments would have been key. Grealish regularly spoke to the likes of Declan Rice throughout and joined Maguire in publicly wishing the team well. But it ended in similar heartbreak from three years ago when Grealish and Maguire were part of the losing final team against Italy on penalties. This time, the game was decided in 90 minutes as Spain ran out 2-1 winners to cancel out Cole Palmer’s stunning equaliser. Southgate’s current contract runs out in December and the FA – who had always wanted him to stay on – will now give him time to make a decision. READ MORE SUN STORIESGraham Potter – who has not managed since being sacked by Chelsea in 2022 – is favourite to succeed. Newcastle’s Eddie Howe is another candidate while SunSport revealed former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is keen on the job after leaving Bayern Munich. More

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    World Cup 2026 odds: Euro 2024 winners Spain and Brazil lead England in market with Lionel Messi’s Argentina not far off

    EURO 2024 winners Spain are the early joint-favourites in the outright betting for the 2026 World Cup.The Spaniards – who saw off England in a dramatic Berlin final – are joined by Brazil at the head of the market for the big one in Canada, Mexico and USA.USA, Mexico & Canada will host the 2026 World Cup – with Spain and Brazil favouritesMetLife Stadium will host the 2026 World Cup finalWilliam Hill: Claim £60 welcome bonus – click here*The Three Lions – in likely to be the first major competition in the post-Gareth Southgate era – are only fourth favourites having passed up another golden opportunity to end decades of hurt.It’s France who edge England out as third favourites with bookmakers William Hill.Spain’s price for World Cup glory has been slashed after a stunning Euros campaign in which they won every game, including three successive 2-1 victories from the quarters onward.The depth and youth of their squad stands them in great stead to be competitive in North America and it’s no surprise to see the bookies react.Brazil are always well-backed in this competition given their history and they join Spain on 6/1, half a point ahead of the French at 13/2.World Cup 2026 oddsWilliam Hill pricesSpain 6/1Brazil 6/1France 13/2England 7/1Argentina 9/1Germany 10/1Portugal 12/1Netherlands 16/1Italy 22/1Uruguay 25/1Belgium 33/1Scotland 400/1Wales 500/1Northern Ireland 1000/1William Hill: Claim £60 welcome bonus – click here*Both nations had hugely underwhelming tournaments in the Copa America and Euros, respectively this month, exiting at the quarter final and semi final stage after indifferent results throughout.But they’re both a shorter price than England at 7/1, who likely won’t have an easier run in a major tournament than this Euros, which again ended in failure.There’s a youthful look to the attacking options in the England squad and this will have been yet more good experience for them, despite coming up short once more.Copa America winners Argentina are 9/1 with Germany – dumped out their home Euros in the quarter finals by the eventual winners – back at 12/1.Portugal (12/1), Netherlands (16/1) and Italy (22/1) are other contenders, with Scotland (400/1), Wales (500/1) and Northern Ireland (1000/1) having their work cut out.William Hill: Claim £60 welcome bonus – click here*Remember to gamble responsiblyA responsible gambler is someone who:Establishes time and monetary limits before playingOnly gambles with money they can afford to loseNever chase their lossesDoesn’t gamble if they’re upset, angry, or depressedGamcare – www.gamcare.org.ukGamble Aware – www.gambleaware.orgFind our detailed guide on responsible gambling practices here.For help with a gambling problem, call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or go to www.gamstop.co.uk*18+. Play Safe. New players only, using promo code T60. Valid from 13/04/2022. Online play. Get £60 Bonus split between Vegas & Sports in the following manner – (i) Deposit £10 to unlock £20 Vegas Free Bet on Selected Games (72hr expiry, wagering reqs apply); then (ii) bet £10+ (odds 1/2+) with cash (excl. £10 deposit) or Vegas winnings (after wager reqs met). Once settled, receive £40 Sports Free Bets excluding Virtual Markets (4x £10, 7 days expiry). Payment methods & country restrictions apply. Full T&Cs apply. More

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    Jose Mourinho congratulates and criticises HIMSELF after Spain’s Euro 2024 final win over England

    JOSE MOURINHO has congratulated and criticised HIMSELF after Spain won Euro 2024.The Spanish defeated England 2-1 in the final at the Olympastadion in Berlin on Sunday evening.Jose Mourinho has congratulated the Spain team on winning Euro 2024Credit: GettyHe also praised himself for trusting Alvaro Morata and Nacho when they were prospectsCredit: AlamyMourinho took to social media to praise Spain’s achievement… and made sure to mention his own input to the team.The new Fenerbahce manager congratulated himself for handing Nacho and Alvaro Morata their debuts at Real Madrid.However, he did also admit that he did not do the same with Dani Carvajal.He wrote: “2024/Champions League winner captain Nacho Fernandez/European Champion winner captain Alvaro Morata.READ MORE ON EURO 2024″Many congratulations to them and to the coach who gave them their debut when they were just kids in the Academy 😂😂😂.”Same coach who did not understand that Dani Carvajal was another one 😡🤬😀.”Many congratulations to Mister De La Fuente for an amazing job.”Best team won!”Most read in Euro 2024CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSThis 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…Mourinho handed Morata his debut at Real Madrid in December 2010 in a 3-1 win over Real Zaragoza in LaLiga.Nacho, on the other hand, was given his bow in the first-team in a 6-3 away win over Valencia in April 2011. Euro Player Rankings 2024Carvajal, however, struggled for game time under Mourinho and was loaned out during the manager’s last season in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.He enjoyed his temporary move away from the club at Bayer Leverkusen.He returned to Spain in 2013 and solidified himself in the Real team under Carlo Ancelotti.ALL THE FALLOUTENGLAND fell at the final hurdle at Euro 2024, losing to a dramatic late Mikel Oryazabal winner as Spain won the tournament. More

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    Thomas Tuchel wants England job as ex-Chelsea manager throws hat in ring to succeed Gareth Southgate

    THOMAS TUCHEL wants to be England manager – if Gareth Southgate steps down.Tuchel was open to succeeding Southgate after the 2022 World Cup but the FA ultimately decided to extend Southgate’s contract.Thomas Tuchel is keen to take the England jobCredit: GettyIt comes after Gareth Southgate threw his England future into doubtCredit: AlamyThat contract expires in December this year, with the FA keen for Southgate to extend again.But the manager cast doubt on his future when talking on live TV after losing the Euros final.Southgate unusually referred to England’s squad as “they” and refused to comment on his immediate future in the aftermath of defeat.He said: “I think England are in a really good position in terms of the experiences they’ve got now. The age of the squad.READ MORE IN FOOTBALL”Most of this squad are going to be around not only for the World Cup but the next Euros as well.”There’s a lot to look forward to but this moment is not any consolation.”Tuchel most recently managed Bayern Munich from March 2023 until the end of this season.CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSSouthgate vs Tuchel records comparedTHOMAS TUCHELAugsburg II 2007-2008P34 W 20 D8 L6 Win percentage: 58.82%Mainz 05 2009-2014P184 W72 D46 L66 Win percentage: 39.13%Borussia Dortmund 2015-2017P107 W67 D23 L17 Win percentage: 62.62%Honours: DFB Pokal Paris Saint Germain 2018-2020P127 W95 D13 L16 Win percentage: 74.8%Honours: Ligue 1 X2, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophee des Champions x2Chelsea 2021-2022P100 W60 D24 L16 Win percentage: 60%Honours: Champions League, Super Cup, Club World CupBayern Munich 2023-2024P61 W37 D8 L16 Win percentage: 60.66%Honours: BundesligaGARETH SOUTHGATEMiddlesbrough 2006-2009P151 W54 D43 Win percentage: 35.76%England U21 2013-2016P37 W27 D5 L5 Win percentage: 72.97%Honours: Toulon tournamentEngland 2016-PresentP102 W61 D24 L17 Win percentage: 59.8%He was dismissed in February but given a stay of execution until this summer.Most read in Euro 2024He is among the highest profile managers to be linked with the England job so far, having previously won the Champions League, the Bundesliga and the French league title among others.Heartbroken England heroes land back in London to no fans after devastating loss to Spain in Euro 2024 finalThere has been no contact between the FA and Tuchel but SunSport understands the German remains keen on the job.Graham Potter is the current bookies favourite to succeed Southgate should he depart.Tuchel meanwhile is a 33/1 outsider.The FA are also keen on talking to Newcastle manager Eddie Howe but the Magpies would be reluctant to lose their boss.Mauricio Pochettino is another manager the FA have admired in the past and is now out of work having left Chelsea this summer by mutual consent.Under-21s coach Lee Carsley may follow Southgate’s path in stepping up from the youth groups to the senior team.More outlandish reports have linked Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola with the job while Frank Lampard has also been suggested as a Southgate successor. More

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    What is Cole Palmer’s ‘cold’ celebration? England & Chelsea midfielder’s goal salute explained

    COLE Palmer is an England hero after scoring the only goal for his team in the Euro 2024 final against Spain.But some fans have been left wondering how his “cold” celebration came about and what it means.Cole Palmer does his ‘cold’ celebration during the Euro 2024 finalCredit: ReutersPalmer celebrates his goal against Luton in 2023Credit: GettyWhat is Cole Palmer’s ‘cold’ celebration mean?England footie ace Cole Palmer’s “cold” celebration has caught the eye of fans.Every time he scores a goal, the Chelsea star rubs his arms as though he is chilly or cold.The reason for this move is because Palmer is nicknamed “Cold Palmer”.He earnt the nickname – which is a play on his real name – because of his cool composure when scoring a goal.READ MORE ON COLE PALMERPalmer has since explained that he took the celebration from Morgan Rogers, who performed it after scoring in a game against Middlesbrough.He told the Chelsea football club’s website: “My boy Morgs did one for Middlesbrough, so I told him I’d do it too if I scored.”I saw the keeper come out and took it round him. “Once I’d taken it round the keeper I thought the defender on the line was going to come across fast, so if I waited a second I’d have time to put it in. Most read in Football”I was just telling myself to think and keep my composure.”Palmer debuted his ‘cold’ celebration at Chelsea in December 2023, in a match against Luton.Euro Player Rankings 2024It came when he scored a goal for his team in the first 12 minutes of the match.After Palmer mimed feeling cold to celebrate, hordes of gleeful Chelsea fans took to social media.One wrote: “Cold Palmer, my oh my, I have missed you.”While a second gushed: “Cold Palmer is the best English player in the Premier League.”A third swooned: “MORE LIKE COLD PALMER.”And a fourth posted: “Cold Palmer and a Cold celebration.”Another added: “ICE COLD PALMER STRIKES AGAIN.”Fans were then thrilled once again when he did his “cold” celebration again when he scored another goal later on in the match.How else does Cole Palmer celebrate goals?Palmer is also known to shrug when he scores a goal – but only if it is against his old club.When he scored against his former club Manchester City, he was seen shrugging, which annoyed some fans who labelled it a “savage” move.However, defending the shrug Palmer claimed afterwards that he simply “didn’t know what to do” in the moment.He told reporters: “I spent 15 years at the club. “I can’t really go and celebrate how I would usually celebrate if I had scored a 95th-minute equaliser because it would have been disrespectful. The 21-year-old plays up to his nicknameCredit: AFP”So I just decided to do a shrug. I don’t know why.”Palmer joined Chelsea from Manchester City in a £42.5million summer 2024 deal.He quickly endeared himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful, despite his team’s struggles under Mauricio Pochettino.READ MORE SUN STORIESPalmer also attracted the attention of Gareth Southgate and was part of the England squad at the Euro 2024 tournament.He scored the only England goal against Spain in the tense final, and of course did his “cold” celebration.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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    England fans spot exact moment momentum swung in Spain’s favour late on in final – and even Gareth Southgate agrees

    ENGLAND fans have pinpointed the moment they think the final swung Spain’s way.The Three Lions lost the match late on with Mikel Oyarzabal poking past Jordan Pickford in the 87th minute.Kyle Walker played the ball backwards from a throw-inCredit: BBCHe threw it to John Stones, who collected it close to the halfway lineThe ball ended up with Jordan Pickford moments after the throw-inCredit: BBCThe goalkeeper then overhit his long ball and it ended up in a Spain goal kickCredit: BBCSpain dominated for large spells and bossed the ball with 66 per cent possession.They look the lead shortly after half-time before England came back into it, equalising through substitute Cole Palmer’s fine curling strike.But a key moment shortly after that goal swung momentum in Spain’s favour, according to fans.England had a throw-in deep in the Spain half in the 75th minute, but rather than keep the pressure on, the ball went backwards.READ MORE ON EURO 2024Kyle Walker threw the ball back almost to the halfway line where John Stones collected it. He then went back to Jordan Pickford.The goalkeeper then went long and instead of finding a team-mate the ball sailed out for a Spain goal kick.That allowed the Spanish to regroup and push up the field while they had possession of the ball.A fan who highlighted the moment captioned it: “The moment it died.”Most read in Euro 2024Spain bossed the final 15 minutes after the wasted attackBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSFor the remaining 15 minutes England struggled to impose themselves as they had for the previous 25 minutes, and steadily sat deeper and deeper.Even Southgate appeared to admit this was the moment things went wrong.England ratings: Palmer the super sub but captain Kane struggles yet again in Spain heartbreakCOLE PALMER came off the bench to be England’s star man – but his heroics were unable to stop heartbreak against Spain, writes Tom Barclay.Mikel Oyarzabal struck a late dagger through the hearts of the Three Lions to seal a 2-1 Spanish victory.And that ensured that 58 years of hurt will go on.Here’s how SunSport’s Tom Barclay rated each England player in the crushing defeat:Jordan Pickford: 8Carefully controlled a blast of a backpass from John Stones on his line in the first half. Could do little to stop Williams’ opener but made two terrific stops to deny Yamal, only for Oyarzabal to poke home at the death.Kyle Walker: 6Had his hands full with Williams but managed the Spanish livewire pretty well but could not get near his powerful opener. John Stones: 8A colossus again as he played every single minute of this Euros, despite lack of Manchester City game-time. Superb block on early Williams shot, was often in the right place at the right time and at one point dribbled all the way up the pitch.Marc Guehi: 6Solid alongside Stones and overall it has been a brilliant first tournament for the Crystal Palace star. But Oyarzabal nicked in front of him for the winner.Bukayo Saka: 7Most consistent attacker for England across the tournament and had a good battle with pantomime villain Marc Cucurella here. It was his cross that Bellingham laid off for Palmer to work his magic.Declan Rice: 7Went past his boss Gareth Southgate’s cap haul by winning his 58th here and he is still only 25. Was in the thick of it in the midfield battle throughout. Kobbie Mainoo: 5Just 19 and starting a major final for England in the middle of midfield. Fewer bursts forward though than in recent games as his side struggled for possession and was subbed for Palmer as Southgate searched for a leveller. Luke Shaw: 7Looked so sharp for a player making his first start since Luton away on February 10, winning his battle against Lamine Yamal in the first half. But Yamal got the better of him after the break to tee up Williams’ opener.Phil Foden: 6Out of possession it was his job to man-mark Manchester City colleague Rodri, until the Spanish maestro went off injured at half-time. Had a half-chance just before the break but could not beat Unai Simon.Jude Bellingham: 7Shunted wide left when England did not have the ball – which was a lot of the time. Riskily flew into a few tackles, but it was his clever lay-off that teed up Palmer.Harry Kane: 4His lack of involvement was summed up by England fans calling for Ollie Watkins in the 57th minute. They got their wish on the hour.SUBS: Ollie Watkins: 6Semi-final hero was introduced far earlier here to get some legs in behind, though he did not have too much impact this time.Cole Palmer: 9What an impact after emerging with just twenty minutes to go. Yet another of Southgate’s subs paid off handsomely as Palmer curled a peach of an equaliser with 17 minutes remaining, sending most of the Olympiastadion potty.Ivan Toney: 6Thrown on right at the end but could not make an impact.Gareth Southgate: 7The game was a chess match for the first half and Southgate was never going to go early with his bold moves.His subs were excellent to be fair, with Palmer brilliantly getting his team back into it.Critics will say England did not play attacking enough but Spain are one hell of a side – and Southgate’s men pushed them all the way.Fuming Jude Bellingham kicks water cooler after England suffer Euro 2024 final heartbreak againThe England manager said: ‘There was one moment where we had a throw-in in their third of the pitch and we definitely had a opportunity to keep the ball in that area of the pitch but we played backwards.”And then there was a long period after that where we didn’t get the ball again. There was a turning point if you like within that.” They were then undone by brilliant link-up play between Dani Olmo, Marc Cucurella and Oyarzabal for Spain’s winner.Gareth Southgate revealed he told his players how proud he was of them after their cruel defeat.He said: “To lose a final is incredibly tough. Congratulations to Spain.”They were the best team in the tournament and the best team tonight.”I told the players I am very proud of them. They couldn’t give the country any more and ultimately we lost to the better side.READ MORE SUN STORIES”Our players couldn’t have given more in terms of desire and character but we didn’t use the ball well until we were a goal down.”The players have pushed it until the 85th minute of the final game. They couldn’t have given any more.”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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    Ex-Tottenham star blasts ‘useless’ Declan Rice and claims £105m star ‘can’t even play a ball forward’ in shock criticism

    DECLAN RICE has been branded “USELESS” following his display in the Euro 2024 final.The £105million Arsenal midfielder was one of England’s better performers in the early stages of the tournament.Declan Rice was one of England’s better performers earlier in the tournamentCredit: GETTYThe Arsenal man didn’t have the best game in Sunday’s final against SpainCredit: GETTYFormer Tottenham and Netherlands star Rafael van der Vaart isn’t a fan of the 25-year-oldCredit: GETTYBut the 25-year-old – like many of his team-mates – underperformed in Sunday’s final against Spain, which they lost 2-1.Rice was a key cog in the Arsenal team that narrowly missed out on the Premier League title and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.But former Tottenham and Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart hasn’t been impressed by what he’s seen of the Gunners star.The 41-year-old told NOS: “€100M for Declan Rice. What does he do?READ MORE ON EURO 2024″He comes to collect a ball only to pass it back to John Stones. He is useless.”If you are truly worth €100M, then you should be able to play a ball forward.”Rice played every minute of England’s unsuccessful Euros campaign and will be a key fixture in the team for years to come.While Rice’s England future is almost certain, the same can’t be said for manager Gareth Southgate.Most read in Euro 2024BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSMaybe 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…The former Three Lions defender hinted that he could walk away from the job if the team failed to win the tournament before a ball had even been kicked in Germany.And the 53-year-old once again suggested he may resign after his troops’ latest failure.Gary Lineker destroys Gareth Southgate with brutal six-word comment after England’s Euro 2024 final defeatHe said: “I think England are in a really good position in terms of the experiences they’ve got now. The age of the squad.”Most of this squad are going to be around not only for the World Cup but the next Euros as well.”There’s a lot to look forward to but this moment is not any consolation.”He added: “I don’t think now is a good time to make a decision like that.”I need to talk to the right people. It’s not for now.” More

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    Kate’s photo of Louis & Charlotte watching Euros proves NO Wales child is ever on subs bench, body language expert says

    THE photo of Charlotte and Louis watching the England game proves the pair are never on the subs bench, a body language expert says. Prince William and Kate shared a new picture of Princess Charlotte, nine, and Prince Louis, six, both watching the Three Lions face off against Spain in the Euro 2024 final last night.Charlotte and Louis watching the Euro 2024 final together in a picture taken by KateCredit: InstagramPrinces William and George watched the disappointing final live in BerlinCredit: EURO 2024 News Pool (ENP)William and George were both enraptured by the game as the Three Lions faced off against SpainCredit: EURO 2024 News Pool (ENP)The image, taken by Kate, shows the royal siblings wearing England shirts with their names on the back – and their ages as their player numbers. Kate, Charlotte and Louis were watching England’s disappointing 2-1 loss to Spain together on the TV while William was in attendance with son George, 10, at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.But while the first- and second-in-line to the throne were at the event in person, body languarge expert Judi James told The Sun that Kate’s snap reveals much about the Wales family. She said: “One of the best things about the body language and construction of this adorable pose is that it doesn’t just show two young royals watching the Europa final. Read more Sport”It shows two small fans sitting as hunched with tension and absorbed in every moment as the rest of the UK.”It’s identifiable body language that shows how the ‘beautiful game’ of football is a great leveller when it comes to shared emotions and experiences, whether you’re watching in a palace or on a big screen in the park.”The way Charlotte and Louis are leaning together with their eyes on the screen in a mirrored pose gives us a glimpse of the sibling unity, too. “Looking fascinated and full of expectation they show the answer to the question ‘Where’s Louis?’ that fans have been asking all weekend.Most read in Euro 2024″While Charlotte was able to fan-girl Alcaraz at Wimbledon and George got to watch Bellingham live in Germany, Louis appeared to be kept on the subs bench at home while missing out on all the fun.”But he’s clearly adoring sitting watching with his big sister here, as mutual fans of the game, wearing his personalised number 6 shirt before, sadly, also having a very early life lesson that England football tends to teach all of us, which is how to cope with disappointment.”Princess Kate dazzled at Wimbledon In a personal message amid Spain’s victory, 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.”William and George both erupted with joy when Cole Palmer equalised in the 73rd minute, and the younger prince was also snapped appearing to strategise with his father.He furrowed his brow and pointed at the pitch amid the intense Euro 2024 final.The pair 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.Kate at the Men’s Wimbledon final on SundayCredit: Darren FletcherWilliam and George watching the Euro 2024 final game between Spain and EnglandCredit: EURO 2024 News Pool (ENP)Kate also presented trophies to Wimbledon players on Sunday in a busy sporting week for the nation. She 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.READ MORE SUN STORIESKate 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 jewelryWilliam & George’s touching show at Euros finalPRINCE William and George’s emotional display at the Euro 2024 final is made more special due to one key reason, a royal expert says.William, who is President of the FA, and his eldest had erupted with joy, leaping out of their seats and embracing as Cole Palmer equalised to bring the score to England 1 – 1 Spain.But the Royal pair also shared a moment of heartbreak and both held their heads as Gareth Southgate’s side were ultimately defeated 2-1 by the other team.In their shared bonding moments, George was also seen appearing to strategize with his father, furrowing his brow and pointing at the pitch amid the intense Euro 2024 final.Wills was also seen with an equally invested expression and open hands as he watched on the edge of his seat.But, tragically for England, a goal by Oyarzabal put Spain 2-1 up, and the Three Lions’ rivals held on to their lead until the final whistle.Richard Fitzwilliams, who was in Berlin while the game was on, told The Sun: “If you look at the stills of Princes William and George, what you can see is highs and lows.”There’s one point they’re burying their heads in their hands or seem to be.”There’s another point that that they’re rejoicing, which obviously was Palmer’s goal.”And I mean, clearly this is significant because it also enables a lot of people to identify with how they’re feeling.”In just one week’s time, George will be turning 11 – with only one year after that until a very crucial milestone is reached.When the prince turns 12, he will be unable to fly together with William as part of a rule intended to protect the monarchy.The rule had also been in place when William turned 12, meaning he was no longer able to travel with his father, who was Prince of Wales at the time, or his younger brother Prince Harry.Now with William as heir to the throne, and George next in line, the pair will not be able to fly together.Mr Fitzwilliams told The Sun: “Well, firstly, I think it’s only sensible to have the rule regarding Royals, you know, in particular numbers in planes.”You know the fact that that’s been the rule, I think there’s a good reason for it.” More