Italy coach Roberto Mancini has paid tribute to his Euro 2020 winners a week after the dramatic events at Wembley.
Under Mancini, Italy are now 34 games unbeaten.
“It was seven days ago at this time that we were about to start a great challenge, the last of EURO 2020, the Final against England," wrote Mancini on social media.
“We all know how that ended. What not everyone knew was how it went behind the scenes. A few days ago, many of you watched the last episode of Sogno Azzurro, the RAI series.
“As you may have gathered, a large part of the strength in this group was not just because of talent, but also the humanity, the joy and the confidence.
“A marvellous group. Lads who are capable of smiling and feeling joy even when reaching a moment charged with tension like a penalty shoot-out.
“We proved that we can be great professionals without forgetting to be human beings. For this first adventure that ended in the best possible way, I have nothing more to say than a huge thank you to everyone: fans, players, staff, friends.
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