England coach Roy Hodgson, after England lost its fifth consecutive shootout at a major tournament when it fell to Italy in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals, insisted there was nothing
more England could have done. Ashley Young and Ashley Cole both failed to score from 12 yards out.
"I’ve watched all these players smashing in penalties during training but you can’t reproduce the occasion, the tension and the nervousness," Hodgson said, "No amount of coaching can reproduce the cool calculated way [Italy's] Andrea Pirlo chipped the keeper.
“We had five great penalty takers but unfortunately for us two of them missed. We saw Cole scoring a penalty in the Champions League final for Chelsea and Young has converted many for his club sides. We tried our very best to win, we worked as hard as we could and we survived the cramps and physical problems we suffered. ... We are going out of this tournament unbeaten in normal time. We’re going home because we can’t win a penalty shootout."
As for England's overall play, Hodgson said, "Whether we did enough or were good enough is a matter of opinion but we certainly tried to win it in 90 minutes. There was never any question of playing for penalties. ... For all Italy’s possession they didn’t get behind our defense too often. But we didn’t do as well with the ball as we could have.”