Italy return to jubilant celebrations in Rome after defeating England in Euro 2020 final

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Italy boss Roberto Mancini and his squad of European Championship-winners were met with raucous celebrations as they returned to Rome on Monday morning.

The Azzurri defeated England on penalties to clinch Euro 2020 glory on Sunday night after Leonardo Bonucci cancelled out Luke Shaw's goal in regular time.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the shootout hero for Italy as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to convert any of England's final three spot kicks.

Having missed out on qualification for the 2018 World Cup, Italy's win marks their second Euros triumph and prompted thousands of fans to take to the streets of the capital.

Fans let off flares across Rome as thousands took to the streets

Crowds flocked to the Piazza Del Popolo, where flares were lit and iconic tricolour flags were held high.

On their arrival in their homeland, Captain Giorgio Chiellini posed with the European Championship trophy while Roberto Mancini – looking dashing as ever – allowed himself a smile.

The former Sampdoria star finished third at Italia 90 and runner-up in the Under-21 Euros four years earlier, so he claimed his international success was "due".

Mancini and his players arrived at a Rome hotel on Monday morning

"I was very fortunate to play in a great side in 1990 and a terrific under-21 team in 1988," said Mancini.

"Despite the fact we were the best team, we didn't win it and lost both times on penalties."

On his tears after the match, the 56-year-old added: "It was the emotion which happens after achieving something incredible. It was the emotion of seeing the guys celebrate and the fans in the stands.

Chiellini stepped off the team bus and hoisted the trophy above his head

"Seeing everything we have managed to create, all of the hard work we have put in over the last three years, but specifically the last 50 days which have been very hard.

"It's the fact we have been able to forge this team spirit over the last 50 days, they have really created something which can never be separated going forward.

"They will always be synonymous with this triumph."

Bonucci scored the equaliser in the second half after Shaw's early opener

Italy's victory extends their unbeaten run to an astonishing 34 games and sees them clinch their first European Championship since 1968.

Chiellini declared there had been "something magical in the air" since the build-up to the tournament as he explained his own emotions.

"A few tears fell. We all deserved it, at this age we realise even more what it means to win such a trophy," said the 36-year-old.

"We have been saying that something magical is in the air since the end of May, day after day."

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On the match itself, the Juventus veteran added: "It was a tough game we started in the worst way possible with England scoring after two minutes.

"Difficult for us with all the fans in the stadium give them energy to win. But we was quiet and calm which was important. Then we start to play play play. We find the right pass, we find the right shot, this is the way to win."

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