Adele and Stacey Solomon lead tributes to losing England team

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Adele and Stacey Solomon were among the stars who paid tribute to the England football team following their heartbreaking defeat in the Euro 2020 final.

Gareth Southgate's young side inspired the nation over the course of the tournament but fell at the last hurdle by losing on penalties following an evenly matched 1-1 draw with Italy in the final.

Following the loss Stacey shared a picture of her consoling her son on Instagram Stories and wrote: "Just wanted to say... Thank you to the England team for giving our family so many exciting memories.

"It's been so exciting to watch and although we are gutted for you all, you've been amazing."

Adele posted a photo of herself in an England shirt and congratulated the team on uniting the country.

"You did us so proud! You brought our game home and brought us all together," she wrote.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan attended the game at Wembley stadium alongside comedian Jack Whitehall, and expressed his disappointment by tweeting, "It didn't come home," alongside angry swearing, and crying emojis.

However, he later praised the England penalty takers who missed - Marcus Rashford, 23, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Bukayo Saka, 19 - as players who showed their mettle by taking on a responsibility beyond their years.

"I admire every player who steps up & shows the balls to take a penalty in a game that important," he wrote on Instagram. "Especially when they're just 19, 21 & 23. Proud of you @bukayosaka87 @sanchooo10 @marcusrashford - you missed, and we lost, but you've all got guts."

Saka, who missed the last penalty kick, had been one of England's stars of the tournament following a superb season for Arsenal. And Arsenal fan Dermot O'Leary was keen to recognise the tireless winger for his efforts.

He shared a photo of the star being hugged by Southgate and wrote: "Keep that beautiful head up, Saka. You did your club and country proud."

This year's batch of Love Islanders, who were allowed to watch the game, were less forgiving, however, as when Italy were confirmed as the winners, they all shouted in despair, with one, Brad, shouting that the final penalty miss made the culprit a "f**king idiot".

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