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In a talk about mental health, the ex-Aston Villa and England player spoke of how the feeling he had “failed under pressure” stayed with him.
Gareth said: “You walk away from the stadium feeling that ultimately you are the person who is responsible for that finishing. I never felt anger, actually I just felt regret, remorse, responsibility.”
He still has regrets that the team “missed the opportunity to win a major tournament and those guys didn’t get another chance”.
Hosts and favourites England lost in a semi-final shoot-out to eventual winners Germany.
Heartbroken Gareth was consoled by coaches Terry Venables and Don Howe.
Prince William said that being able to be open “is a positive”.
He added: “And I think that that culture is something that we hopefully are seeing a slight shift in.”
Today’s FA Cup Final is the “Heads Up FA Cup Final” in support of William’s Heads Together mental health campaign.
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