James Jordan admitted he was “gutted” for the England team’s loss against Italy at Wembley stadium during the Euro 2020 final. Youngsters Bukayo Saka, 19, Marcus Rashford, 23, and Jadon Sancho, 21, all missed penalties, leaving Italy with a 3-2 victory, despite England’s 1-0 lead at the start of the game.
Gareth Southgate’s team was admittedly devastated after their defeat, and some of the players immediately removed their silver medals after being presented with them.
Former Strictly Come Dancing star, James, took issue with them as he expressed his disappointment on social media.
In view of his 268,000 Twitter followers, the Dancing On Ice winner explained why he is not a big fan of football.
James penned: “I’m very patriotic and of course wanted England to win and am gutted they didn’t…
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“BUT… Firstly we looked like sore losers when they immediately took their medals off.”
He added: “And another reason I don’t like football is because once again the football thugs are out in force on social media.”
James made reference to the wave of racist abuse some of the England players faced on social media following the team’s defeat.
Addressing his criticism of the players, one social media user argued: “It wasn’t sore losers, it was disappointment in not bringing the cup home for the fans. The way this team have conducted themselves throughout the games, I am surprised you would accuse them of that.”
James fired back: “In my opinion it was childish and disrespectful to the championship. What lesson are they trying to teach the young? Second place isn’t acceptable? They did their best but it wasn’t good enough and that’s ok. The best team won end of.”
Others disagreed with the professional dancer’s comments, as another said: “I don’t understand why you would think that the players taking of their medals is childish. If I was a footballer I wouldn’t want a runner-up medal in my cabinet because that’s failure to me and the only thing that matters to me is winning.”
A third wrote: “It’s obvious you don’t follow football because if you did you would know that a lot of teams/players take runners up medals off, as professional sportspeople they want to win & coming 2nd is seen as failure, agree with the second point though.”
Some people agreed with James, as another penned: “Glad you mentioned the medals thing… of course they were disappointed, and I felt for every single one of them. But to whip those medals straight off before they even left the podium was so disrespectful. Happens at the home cup finals too.”
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A second agreed: “Couldn’t understand why they took their medals off. It seemed so childish & disrespectful.”
While a third added: “Couldn’t have said it better myself.”
England’s goal scorer, Luke Shaw, as well as Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and Kalvin Phillips, were among a number of stars who quickly took off their silver medals after the game.
Captain Harry Kane was the first player to receive his silver medal and appeared to be preparing to remove or adjust it before he exited out of shot of the TV camera.
He was later asked if a silver medal was an achievement or a missed opportunity, Kane said: “I think, for sure, a missed opportunity right now.
“It’s not every day you get to a final, especially for your national team. It’s been 55 years since our last one.
“The opportunity was there for us, we didn’t quite take it. That’s going to hurt for a long, long time. That’s football. You’ve got to get on with it and move on.”
Players and supporters were left devastated after the nail-biting final saw England lose against Italy on penalties.
The Italians claimed their second Euros trophy, after a game which ended 1-1 after extra time.
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