Date: 25th June 2012 at 12:06am
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Having finished top of their group and avoided the tournament favourites Spain, England and their fans had finally started to believe that this could be their year. Unfortunately for them that was not the case. Still, I wouldn’t take anything away from this current side who really have overachieved throughout these Euro’s and will only get better from here on out. The Italians were never going to be an easy side to beat but on another day, and with the amount of chances they had, this game could have easily ended up as a 4 or 5 goal difference in favour of the Italians. It’s now more clear than ever that there’s a vast gulf in standard in terms of technical ability, fitness and tactics between England and Europe’s elite.

Joe Hart – Somehow kept a clean sheet thanks to some wasteful finishing from the Italians and a ridicules amount of luck. Has an odd knack of pushing the ball back into the danger-zone when saving which nearly cost the team today. 6

Glen Johnson – Caught out of possession again continuously today and missed England’s best chance early on. He wont be at the World Cup in two years. 5

John Terry – Did you see him chase Balotelli down and make a last ditch tackle!? Too bad his pathetic reading of the game was what lead to him playing Balo onside. Shambles of a defender. 4

Joleon Lescott – Strong at the back and reliable throughout the tournament. Say what you want about him for being a City player but Lescott has been very good over the last 12 months. 7

Ashley Cole – Didn’t get forward as much as he’d have wanted and beaten far too often down the left hand side. Missed the penalty which sent England out. 4

James Milner – Improved on his last performance against Ukraine by looking for get forward and attacking the opposition fullback. Needs to work on his end product. 6

Steven Gerrard – Ran, ran, then ran some more. It was impossible for him to have an impact on the game when all he was doing was chasing down Italy’s midfield. 5

Scott Parker – He can’t shoot, can’t score and he can’t pass. It’s amazing how he manages to get starts for Ingerland against teams where you need to keep hold of the ball. 4

Ashley Young – Quite all game and without being too harsh, all tournament. Oh, and he ballsed up his penalty. 4

Wayne Rooney – His task today was to keep close to Pirlo and make sure he doesn’t have room to play. Says it all really that Pirlo probably just put in the best individual performance of the entire tournament. 3

Danny Welbeck – Worked hard, tracked back and won a few aerial duels. Missed a really good chance as well after some wonderful interchange between Rooney and himself. 6

Subs:
Walcott – Like a lost puppy in a field, he didn’t know what to do with the ball once someone kicked it at him. 4

Carroll – Completely changed England’s play for the worst as they resorted to ‘Route One’ football. That’s not his fault. What is his fault however is that he had a 53% passing rate completion. Shambles. 4

Henderson – No comment.

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