Thousands of fired up fans crammed into Wembley stadium for the game, thousands more outside.
This was England's first final in 55 years on home soil. but Italy has a long-standing tradition of success and proved it today. Here's Redmond Shannon with all the reaction from London.
10 hours before kickoff and the party was already. well underway lineups in true English style outside pubs across the country.
Fans buoyed by the confidence of the Sunday tabloids⁽¹⁾, and the team encouraged by Prince William.
"Can't really believe this is happening, so exciting and just wish you the very best of luck. You bring out the very best of England and we are all behind you the whole country is behind you, so um bring it home."
The hype and the anticipation is so strong because for England it's been so long. 55 years since the men's team has been in a major final, on that occasion, they won the world cup right here at home at Wembley stadium.
"I think it feels incredible. we've been waiting all my life, I'm 52 years old, we're 53 today in fact, so yeah just it's amazing amazing."
"It's a dream that I never thought would ever happen." - For the younger fans it's a celebration after the drudgery of lockdown.
“这是一个我从未想过会发生的梦想。” - 对年轻的球迷来说，这是一场（因疫情）封锁后的庆祝活动。
"And everything that's going on not having the fans for so long, football being paused, it's good to be back then."
Wembley two-thirds full some sixty thousand fans, but due to travel restrictions only one thousand Italians were allowed to travel to London.
As kickoff approached the party started getting out of hand, fans without tickets breaking through a security barrier, attempting to get into the stadium.
These types of scenes a scourge that has blighted English soccer through the decades.
Robin, some of those people actually did make it into the stadium, but authorities say that most of them were ejected.
But everyone of course is not talking about that right now, hugely dramatic it went to extra time.
And then penalty kicks, Italy winning, eventually in a hugely dramatic penalty shootout England's teenage star 19 year old Bukayo Saka from London here missed the last kick. to give Italy the championship.
Its second Euro Championship England yet to win the title, England now at least 55 years without a men's major soccer tournament title.
People here are absolutely devastated, I can see that the pub patio behind me emptied oh so quickly.
And police are probably glad to see that it's raining now, which may mean some of the skirmishes we saw earlier in the day may not be repeated tonight, Robin. - Robin Shannon in London, thanks Redmond.