EURO 2020

Roberto Mancini Claims Germany Didn't Deserve Euro 2020 Exit

Germany were knocked out of Euro 2020 by England
Germany were knocked out of Euro 2020 by England / Markus Gilliar/Getty Images

Italy boss Roberto Mancini has claimed Germany "didn't deserve" to be kicked out of Euro 2020 after their embarrassing defeat to England.

Germany were grouped alongside France, Portugal, and Hungary in the "Group of Death", and finished second in their group. But had their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals swept aside after a 2-0 defeat to England at Wembley in the round of 16.

Joachim Low stepped down from his role as national team coach and was replaced by former Bayern Munich manager, Hansi Flick. Mancini, whose Italy side beat England in the final and won their second European crown, has insisted that Germany shouldn't have been knocked out of the Euros.

He told Sport1: "I don't know what Germany can do. I still think it's a great football nation. They always had good teams and great players. The German coaches were also always excellent.

"But everyone has to go their own way. We were no different three years ago. Sure, Joachim Low and his troops were knocked out against England in the round of 16, but they didn't have the easiest group either. But honestly? In my opinion, the Germans didn't deserve to be kicked out. For me, they played a great game against the English."

Mancini's side made it through Euro 2020 without suffering a single defeat, and the former Manchester City boss admitted he was "absolutely happy" to see the Italians lift the trophy this summer.

He added: "I feel very, very good as a European champion. It really is a great feeling and I am absolutely happy. I am especially happy for all Italians at home and around the world."