After Italy's rather dramatic triumph at Euro 2020, against England, some of the Southgate trustees were seen removing the silver medals as they paraded on the podium. The players of "3 Lions" looked desperate after the loss, but anyway, this gesture has received a lot of criticism and has not been forgotten by the sports opinion.
Luke Shaw, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Calvin Phillips were just some of the Englishmen who lifted the medals during the trophy presentation. Captain Harry Kane was the first to receive the silver medal from UEFA President Alexander Ceferin. However, just moments later, Kane seems to have taken away the medal he was awarded, shortly before he went off the television screen. The striker was asked by reporters if the country medal was an achievement, or a missed opportunity. He replied:
"Now, of course, I see it as a missed opportunity. It does not happen to you every day to reach the final, especially with the national team. It has been 55 years since the last final. The opportunity was there for us and we did not seize it. This will make us sad for a very, very long time. This is football, you have to move forward. "
Fans on social networks were divided into 2 groups regarding the gesture of English players. Some advocated the idea that the removal of medals was justifiable, treating them as a symbol of defeat. A Twitter user writes:
"They just lost the most important game of their career and they don't want to wear something that represents it."
Many others described the gesture as "anti-sporting" and "ugly." Some others considered it childish. According to most commentators, England managed to qualify for the final, and the 11-meter loss is by no means a reason to feel ashamed.