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    Monday, 12 July 2021

    Jordan Henderson's first-half tunnel brawl with Donnarumma in detail

    Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma's angry reaction to Raheem Sterling's tumble in the box left Henderson irked


    Jordan Henderson didn't take too kindly to Gianluigi Donnarumma's actions during the first half of England's Euro 2020 final loss as the pair became embroiled in a heated exchange as they headed down the tunnel.

    Tensions were running high at Wembley in a fiery Euro final, and England substitute Henderson was quick to make a beeline for Italy's No.1 at the break.

    Henderson was seemingly annoyed at the way Donnarumma had ran up to Raheem Sterling after the England forward went down in the box.

    According to PA , the pair shared cross words at half-time, with Henderson pointing towards the box to signal his disapproval.

    Eventually Donnarumma was pulled away by members of Italy's coaching staff as they stepped in to cool the situation.

    Southgate might not have been happy with Henderson as he had told his players to remain calm ahead of the game.

    "I didn’t say very much at all before the semi-final because I felt the team were totally prepared," the 50-year-old said on Friday.

    "I normally assess where they are during the day."

    The first half had been littered with fouls from both sides as England largely dominated their opponents following Luke Shaw's opening goal after just two minutes.

    England boss Gareth Southgate opted to change system for the fixture, starting Kieran Trippier instead of Bukayo Saka and reverting to a 5-3-2 formation.

    Shaw and Trippier were operating as wing-backs on either flank and were both involved in the opener, justifying Southgate's decision immediately.

    Harry Kane was the link between them, receiving a pass from Shaw out on the left before feeding Trippier wide on the right.

    Shaw had continued his run into the box and Trippier was able to pick him out expertly with a cross to the far post, which his teammate duly volleyed home off the post sending Wembley into raptures.

    From there England harassed and harried Italy, who looked shellshocked after the goal but grew into the game.

    Federico Chiesa came closest to levelling when his shot dragged just wide of the post, but all told England were the better side for the first period.

    Italy, still unbeaten in 34 matches, slowly edged their way back into the game,  levelled in the 67th minute when Leonardo Bonucci pounced after England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford turned Marco Verratti's header on to a post.

    And after a tense period of extra time failed to find a winner, it went onto penalty shootouts where England missed three of their five kicks, with Marcus Rashford hitting a post and Gianluigi Donnarumma denying Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka to give Italy the Euro 2020 crown at Wembley.

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