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King Charles joked ‘it takes a hell of a lot of practice’ after scoring penalty

The newly crowned King Charles jokingly revealed last year that if England were in need of a penalty taker in the Euro 2020 final he had the skill to step up and lead the country to victory.

The King had people astonished when he took to the pitch with Zoe Denman-Ellis, founder of Lundby Juniors football academy for girls and young women, at the Cardiff for The Prince's Trust.

He had equipment laid out in front of him, with the Evening Standard revealing he said: “I’d be extremely disappointed if I missed that” as he stepped up to slot a football away in a miniature net.

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After kicking the ball between the posts, he then joked: “It takes a hell of a lot of practice.”

Zoe then said after meeting the King at the open-air event in South Wales: “He used the inside of his foot and picked his spot and went for it. Good technique, he doesn’t need any coaching from me.”

England's men's side, unfortunately, fell at the final hurdle later that week despite Luke Shaw getting the Three Lions off to a terrific start in the opening three minutes before Italy equalised through Leonardo Bonucci in the 67th minute.

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The clock crept on with either side unable to break the deadlock at Wembley before each side stepped up for penalties, with Italy winning the game, and competition, after Rashford, Sancho and Saka all missed from the spot.

If only England had the King stepping up for the men's national team in the penalty shootout against Italy.

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