‘They have done the nation proud’: Boris Johnson pays tribute to Gareth Southgate and his squad

Boris Johnson issued a message of commiseration and congratulations to England’s national football team following its devastating loss to Italy on Sunday. 

‘That was a heartbreaking result to end #Euro2020 but Gareth Southgate and his England squad played like heroes,’ the prime minister wrote in an Instagram story.

‘They have done the nation proud and deserve great credit.’ 

England lost the final on penalties, extending the side’s ’55 years of hurt’ without a major trophy win. 

Johnson attended the match with his wife Carrie and was seeing clapping from the stands wearing an England strip over a collared shirt.

He was also seen posing for pictures with Novak Djokovic, who claimed his sixth Wimbledon men’s singles title earlier on Sunday, and actor Tom Cruise.

Along with Johnson, Prince William, who was also at the match, issued a message to the England team following their loss.

Boris Johnson issued a message of commiseration and congratulations to England's national football team following its devastating loss to Italy on Sunday. Pictured: Boris (left) with wife Carrie at Sunday's game

Boris Johnson issued a message of commiseration and congratulations to England's national football team following its devastating loss to Italy on Sunday. Pictured: Boris (left) with wife Carrie at Sunday's game

Boris Johnson issued a message of commiseration and congratulations to England’s national football team following its devastating loss to Italy on Sunday. Pictured: Boris (left) with wife Carrie at Sunday’s game

'That was a heartbreaking result to end #Euro2020 but Gareth Southgate and his England squad played like heroes,' the prime minister wrote in an Instagram story. Pictured: Boris (left) with wife Carrie at Sunday's game

'That was a heartbreaking result to end #Euro2020 but Gareth Southgate and his England squad played like heroes,' the prime minister wrote in an Instagram story. Pictured: Boris (left) with wife Carrie at Sunday's game

‘That was a heartbreaking result to end #Euro2020 but Gareth Southgate and his England squad played like heroes,’ the prime minister wrote in an Instagram story. Pictured: Boris (left) with wife Carrie at Sunday’s game

L-R: Former England international Peter Shilton, actor Tom Cruise, director Christopher McQuarrie and Johnson

L-R: Former England international Peter Shilton, actor Tom Cruise, director Christopher McQuarrie and Johnson

Carrie (right) and Johnson with six-time Wimbledon men's singles champion Novak Djokovic

Carrie (right) and Johnson with six-time Wimbledon men's singles champion Novak Djokovic

Johnson was seen posing for pictures at the match with Novak Djokovic(left), who claimed his sixth Wimbledon men’s singles title earlier on Sunday, and actor Tom Cruise (right).

Prince William's personal devastation was made clear in this Instagram post, which read: 'Heartbreaking. Congratulations @Azzuri on a great victory. @England, you've all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn't our day. You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves - I know there is more to come. W'

Prince William's personal devastation was made clear in this Instagram post, which read: 'Heartbreaking. Congratulations @Azzuri on a great victory. @England, you've all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn't our day. You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves - I know there is more to come. W'

Prince William’s personal devastation was made clear in this Instagram post, which read: ‘Heartbreaking. Congratulations @Azzuri on a great victory. @England, you’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day. You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves – I know there is more to come. W’

‘Heartbreaking. Congratulations @Azzuri on a great victory. @England, you’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day. You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves – I know there is more to come. W,’ he wrote on Instagram.

Boris and Carrie are among the tens of thousands that cheered England on at Wembley on Sunday, along with Sir Keir Starmer, despite Labour voicing concerns the Euros final would not be safe for spectators. 

Johnson and Starmer swapped their shirts and ties for England strips to watch the Three Lions take on Italy

Starmer cut a casual figure in a white t-shirt with the England team logo. He and wife Victoria posed for a selfie and took pictures with supporters before the match started. 

Boris and Carrie Johnson are among the tens of thousands cheering on England at Wembley tonight, along with Sir Keir Starmer, despite Labour voicing concerns the Euros final would not be safe for spectators

Boris and Carrie Johnson are among the tens of thousands cheering on England at Wembley tonight, along with Sir Keir Starmer, despite Labour voicing concerns the Euros final would not be safe for spectators

Boris and Carrie Johnson are among the tens of thousands cheering on England at Wembley tonight, along with Sir Keir Starmer, despite Labour voicing concerns the Euros final would not be safe for spectators

Keir Starmer and wife Victoria (pictured left) posed for a selfie in the stands before the match kicked off

Keir Starmer and wife Victoria (pictured left) posed for a selfie in the stands before the match kicked off

Keir Starmer and wife Victoria (pictured left) posed for a selfie in the stands before the match kicked off

Last week, Shadow Sports Minister Alison McGovern voiced concerns about that many fans packing into stadiums and called on ministers to publish data to show it was safe. Pictured: Wembley on Sunday

Last week, Shadow Sports Minister Alison McGovern voiced concerns about that many fans packing into stadiums and called on ministers to publish data to show it was safe. Pictured: Wembley on Sunday

Last week, Shadow Sports Minister Alison McGovern voiced concerns about that many fans packing into stadiums and called on ministers to publish data to show it was safe. Pictured: Wembley on Sunday

The Labour leader came under fire for bagging two free tickets to the match even though Labour had raised concerns about whether it was safe for fans.

The Tories accused him of having ‘double standards’ for agreeing to be a guest of the Premier League at Wembley tonight – alongside an expected crowd of 60,000.

Last week, Shadow Sports Minister Alison McGovern voiced concerns about that many fans packing into stadiums and called on ministers to publish data to show it was safe.

Johnson and Starmer swapped their shirts and ties for England strips to watch the Three Lions take on Italy on Sunday

Johnson and Starmer swapped their shirts and ties for England strips to watch the Three Lions take on Italy on Sunday

Johnson and Starmer swapped their shirts and ties for England strips to watch the Three Lions take on Italy on Sunday

Pictured: Carrie (left) and Boris Johnson during Sunday's match

Pictured: Carrie (left) and Boris Johnson during Sunday's match

Pictured: Carrie (left) and Boris Johnson during Sunday’s match

The Prime Minister wore an England strip over his collared shirt as he waved from the stands next to wife Carrie ahead of kick off at Wembley

The Prime Minister wore an England strip over his collared shirt as he waved from the stands next to wife Carrie ahead of kick off at Wembley

The Prime Minister wore an England strip over his collared shirt as he waved from the stands next to wife Carrie ahead of kick off at Wembley

Tory MP Richard Holden said Sir Keir should return the tickets if that was really Labour’s view.

He said: ‘It really is double-standards for Sir Keir to bag two free tickets for Wembley just as the Labour Party is questioning whether fans should go to the match due to ‘safety concerns’.’

Mr Holden added that he was ‘sure the Government wouldn’t allow 60,000 fans to enjoy this great occasion if it wasn’t safe for them to do so’.

Labour sources said it was ‘complete nonsense’ to suggest that they did not want fans in the ground tonight.

They said the Tories had ‘never been fully and immediately transparent’ on what was learnt from attendance at earlier Euros matches.

A spokesman for Sir Keir said: ‘Keir is delighted to attend Wembley for this historic occasion.’ 

In light of England’s historic final, Boris Johnson has been challenged to put fans first in the bid to host the 2030 World Cup – by capping ticket prices.

Labour Shadow Sports Secretary Jo Stevens said: ‘We must make it affordable to watch the World Cup on home soil for the first time since 1966.’

Starmer (pictured left with wife Victoria) cut a more casual figure in a white t-shirt with the England team logo

Starmer (pictured left with wife Victoria) cut a more casual figure in a white t-shirt with the England team logo

Starmer (pictured left with wife Victoria) cut a more casual figure in a white t-shirt with the England team logo

The Labour leader took pictures with supporters before the match started

The Labour leader took pictures with supporters before the match started

The Labour leader took pictures with supporters before the match started

Pictured: Starmer at Wembley before kick off

Pictured: Starmer at Wembley before kick off

Pictured: Starmer at Wembley before kick off

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