It was no surprise that England’s heartbreaking Euro 2020 final was the first topic to be broached by the Loose Women today.
The nation saw their footballing hopes dashed as Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka saw his penalty saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The 19-year-old was in tears after the match and received racist messages online from a small number of fans.
On the Loose Women panel, Coleen Nolan opened the show with an emotional outpouring directed at Saka as she blasted the racist haters.
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Coleen said: “I was so thrilled that England got into the final, I was so proud of them.
“I hated the fact that something as big as that had to be won on penalties.
“That poor boy. I don’t know if it’s being a mother or whatever – I wanted to sob for him, I wasn’t even angry.
“I couldn’t stand it and the fact he’s had any form of abuse online – that’s not even worth mentioning as they are braindead – but I think anyone in the country should be so proud of all of them.”
The rest of the Loose Women panel Charlene White, Jane Moore and guest Storm Keating echoed Coleen’s message.
Charlene said: “I was emotional about it at the very end with Saka, I just wanted to give him a hug.
“This is the most diverse team we’ve ever had – we’ve got players whose families originate from elsewhere in the world and it’s beautiful. To see that little boy in tears at 19 years old…”
Jane cut in, also wanting to have her say on the footballing heartbreak.
She said: “Apparently, as Southgate said afterwards, it was totally his decision and he picked them on training.
“Training is different to the pressure of the real thing and apparently Jack Grealish said he wanted to do a competition and wasn’t chosen.”
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