New Zealand’s James Neesham and Scott Styris took a dig at England’s defeat in the penalty shootout of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. Neesham and Styris’s tweet reminded fans of New Zealand’s World Cup loss at Lord’s in 2019.

England lost to Italy in the final of the Euro 2020. (Reuters Photo)


  • Neesham, Styris take a dig at England after Euro Cup final defeat vs Italy
  • Neesham asked if Euro 2020 final could be decided by counting passes made by each team
  • Neesham and Styris’s tweeted reminded cricket fans of New Zealand’s 2019 World Cup defeat

New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham took a cheeky dig at England after the team’s Euro final defeat vs Italy in the penalty shootout, referring to New Zealand’s World Cup 2019 final defeat which got decided by counting the number of boundaries hit by each team.

Neesham came up with a hilarious tweet and asked if the Euro 2020 final could be decided by counting the passes made by each team.

“Why is it a penalty shootout and not just whoever made the most passes wins?” — tweeted the New Zealand all-rounder to remind cricket fans of New Zealand’s 2019 World Cup defeat.

Former all-rounder Scott Styris took a similar swipe at the boundary count rule on Sunday night. Styris points out that England had more corners in the game 5 to Italy’s 3 and hence should have been crowned champions.

On July 14, 2019, England defeated New Zealand in a thrilling final on boundary count to clinch their first-ever 50-over World Cup trophy. Neesham was part of the team that missed their chance of lifting the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony due to inferior boundary count after both the 50 overs and the Super Over ended in ties.

England’s hopes of winning a first major trophy in 55 years ended in heartbreak with their shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. Italy won their first European Championship since 1968 after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma in the shootout.

While there was disappointment over England’s defeat, there was also praise for Southgate — once the face of English failure for his own penalty miss at Euro 96 — and his team.

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