A CITY GP has offered his advice on how to get over England's heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy in the European Championships.

England were beaten by Italy in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday leaving millions of fans devastated and Worcester doctor Jason Seewoodhary has offered his support to those still struggling to get over the disappointment.

Dr Seewoodhary, who is a GP at Barbourne Medical Centre in Worcester, urged the city to take the positives from the month-long tournament as it came together to celebrate England's achievements after the struggles of Covid.

"There can be no doubt that Worcester awoke to a strong sense of disappointment and sadness," he said. "Disappointments are inevitable, and how we cope with them is what often defines our resilience.

"How we respond to disappointment is often influenced by our upbringing; some people seek to avoid disappointment by underachieving while others seek to avoid it by overachieving.

"Regardless of which way we lean, we can learn to respond healthily to disappointment by adopting a coping style that seeks to understand what happened, checks whether our expectations were reasonable, reevaluates our perceptions and behaviours, and seeks positive solutions instead of dwelling on the past such as Italia 90 or Euro 96.

"Looking deep within, termed introspection, can be helpful, but rumination and procrastination, whereby the negative thoughts of the loss continue to go round and round, amplifying each time, is not. Successful people work through their disappointments - they have the strength to take stock of what happened, learn from the experience and move on.

"William Shakespeare famously said “expectation is the root of all heartache” - we experience disappointment because our hope and expectations are not aligned and are out of reality."

England's defeat came at the hands of Italy who have a proud history of success at major football tournaments.

"It may be hard to accept, but Italy are four time World Cup winners and have been runners-up twice," Dr Seewoodhary continued.

"England’s record cannot compete with that and reality would suggest that all desire we had for England wining the final was based on hope rather than realistic expectation. Given the convoluted nature of desires, many of which are subconscious and sublimated, there are no experiences that are entirely free of disappointment and this is what makes disappointment such a complex and confusing feeling.

"This can lead to wrongly blaming the heroic players who missed their penalties or the manager’s tactics and directing anger at them, which can lead to feelings of spite, vindictiveness and bitterness.

"Such emotional reactions can lead to lingering sadness and cause the England fan to become stuck in a web of disappointment.

"The key to getting over the disappointment of the final is to learn from it. If you don’t fail, then you will never succeed - we often learn more from failure than success.

“Leading on from this, I would urge our community to look at the positives from this tournament, namely, England over-achieved by getting to the final of the European Championships for the first time in history.

“They have an excellent team of young players who will have learnt a lot from this experience and will come back stronger for the World Cup next year, which is something we should all look forward too.”