England v Italy Match of the Day Live


England v Italy

Gary Lineker presents live coverage of the Euro 2012 quarter-final between England and Italy in the Ukrainian city of Kiev.


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Good evening. Welcome to key ever. We are here for an England quarter-

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final. In recent times they haven't gone too well, but it has got to

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red! England just cannot when Let's put those dark days to one

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side and remind us that we know how to win a quarter final. Mind you,

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And the impossible job was never harder than the date Roy Hodgson

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walked in. Fabio Capello has resigned... A Rooney has been sent

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off... The favourite is Harry But this English gent offered a few

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simple instructions. Signor heart out for your country. Fight to the

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last in every game. Feel the weight Now he has turned expectations

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The East and Europe has brought us a marvellous tournament, but it is

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the best of the West that are in the semi-finals. Will it be England

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or Italy they join them? It has been a beautiful day in Ukraine's

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capital, I understand it has been far from that at home, but if it

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blew away your barbecue, let's see if Rooney and Co can put a bit of

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summer back in England and spring us into the semi-final. Here inside

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the magnificent Olympic Stadium we have got Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer,

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and Jurgen Klinsmann. Let me start with an Englishman. I think we have

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the fewest passes completed in the opening stage and the fewest shots

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on target, we won our group quite comfortably. We did, and I have

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seen, as each game has progressed, more belief in the players. There

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is more belief in the media and the public, you get that feeling now.

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But what happens is that comes with more expectation. There is now an

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expectation from every one that this team can improve. I don't

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think they have got out of third or 4th gear, I think they can improve,

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certainly on the pass in front. They will have to keep hold of the

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ball against an experienced and good Italian side. Do you see this

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as England's stiffest challenge so far? I think it is a big challenge,

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because the Italian side is full of quality, but they are beatable.

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Looking at England over the last couple of games, I think they came

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quite a way, they have a lot of experience, very good players, they

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have a chance. What did England have to do to make the Italians

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beatable in your view? I think they have to be very alert. Because the

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Italian midfield, with Montolivo, piano, they are players who can

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kill you with a pass. You have to be very awake, the back line has to

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be very sharp. They have to help each other, close all the gaps.

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you see his team growing? I think they can get better, I think they

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got out of the Group Stage, everyone was saying that anything

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else is a bonus. You don't want to go home disappointed. I think the

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Italians are eminently beatable, I watched them against Spain, I

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thought they were decent in the first half, but apart from that, to

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me they don't have a lot of pace. If you look at Pirlo, who is

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phenomenal on the ball, but not great without it, you look at the

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rest of the side, I think England can win the game. When you get to

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this stage, possession is King, and the frailty of the England side has

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been that they give it away too cheaply. If they are going to

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progress, they have to keep it. I would like to see England have a

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real go at the Italians. Hodgson has gone with an unchanged

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I am not surprised. When you talk about good football teams, you look

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at the spine appeared, you look at Hart, Gerard, Terry, Rooney. That

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is a good line, and that is something to build upon. What we

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seem to have had in two or three of the games is a little bit of luck,

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which every team needs, if they are going to win tournaments, you need

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a little bit of luck, and we have had bad. We have not always had

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that. Steven Gerrard has led from the front. I think you're big

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players, John Terry at the back, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney,

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they are the man that can win you the game. The big players as we

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have seen time and again, they have to perform. Well Wayne Rooney be

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better for the game about he played it? He was out for a little while.

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He is catching up now, he is trying to get a rhythm, but these are the

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big ones now. He will be fired up. He wants to prove a point across.

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He finally wants to show in a big tournament that he is a big player.

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I think he needs to be aware of the Italian back line, I think they are

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very solid, but also they have their moments where they lack a

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second or two, and that is Rooney's chance to surprise them. If England

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are going to progress, he has to play better than he did against

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Ukraine. Let's have a look at the Italians. Three changes, Balotelli

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plays. A I am not surprised he put him in. He knows Joleon Lescott's

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game inside out, and he knows he is as well, that will be a fascinating

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battle. If you look at the centre backs from Juventus, the goalkeeper

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is also from Juventus. This man, will he be Super Mario all the

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stupid Mario? We are going to talk about him a little closer to kick-

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off, but is he had Gamble? At this stage of his career, he is still a

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gamble. He can make you or break you. That is the danger, he is not

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balanced enough psychologically, he needs more experience, he needs to

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grow. What he does is he divides opinion but he also divides the

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team, and when you have that, it is... A if you were the Italian

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coach, would you have taken the risk? I probably would have.

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Because it is a knockout game, and you want to win it. To win, you

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have to take risks. You have to have believed in your players, if

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you put him in the squad, who knows how he is going to perform.

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Hodgson is unbeaten in 13 games as an international manager, not all

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would England, of course. Long may An unchanged starting line-up, you

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have 23 Feb players, which at this stage of the tournament is quite a

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thing. -- 23 fit players. It is very important in games like

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tonight, because it is going to be decided once or fall one way or the

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other, and is good to know everybody is fit and ready to play.

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We have people who can change a game in different ways. So why

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think it is a very fortunate that we had our misfortune, as it were,

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before we came to the tournament. Since we have been here we have

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kept everybody fit. Any dilemma about the starting 11? Not really,

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I think we have done well so far with this 11. At think they deserve

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to start the game. The bench is important and is probably going to

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be even more important than ever on an evening like tonight. Does

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knowing that penalties could be the future, you don't know when you are

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going to finish the game, does that change the way you make your

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substitutions? It might do, it is what happens in the game, really,

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it is foolish to try and second- guess the substitutions in your

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head. It is all going to be based on how players are coping with the

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match, with the heat. It is quite tight at the moment, how fresh

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their legs are, etc. I haven't done any second guessing, but we have

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given a penalty is quite a lot of thought, this time. We know the

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records of all the players, they're percentage success rate, and I'm

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sure that Gary and Ray will be working feverishly when the time

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comes, if it comes. But I hope we can win the game in normal time.

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That would be much less stress for everybody, least of all our fans

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He has been around the block. He addressed the press conference half

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in Italian and English. The Gary Neville, I presume they are

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speaking English! I have been really impressed with him. He has

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had decisions to make, every decision he has made has worked for

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him. He was asked in the first game, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, he

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played them. He changed the game by bringing Walcott on, he left Andy

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Carroll on, he brought Wayne Rooney in, who scored the goal. Quite a

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remarkable story. It is, when you realise he left Anfield 18 months

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ago, his reputation was damaged. Now, it is intact and he is on the

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verge of greatness. It would be Sir Roy, whatever, Eddie takes England

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all the way. But it is great for him, he is so well respected in the

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game and so popular, and what happened at Anfield was tragic for

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him. His first job at a big club. Will he have an advantage, knowing

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Italian football like he knows it? Absolutely. The culture of the

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Italian football, you can see clearly in their game, they are

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hesitant, they keep the ball, they wait for their moment. They want to

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kill you with one ball, really quick. So I think his experience at

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Inter Milan helps him a lot. Olympic torch has reached Britain,

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has reached Manchester. It was carried by Bobby Charlton,

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England's highest ever goalscorer. He braved horrendous weather

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conditions to eventually deliver his verdict on England's chances

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against Italy. England have got to win it. That is

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what I think. This is the big game. If we beat Italy, we will start

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getting excited, but I really think we can win it. Great man. Gabby is

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pitch-side, she is joined by Lee Dixon.

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Tension building, it feels very different from a week ago. You have

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seen both teams, you know how they are lining up, where rather main

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dangers for England? Prandelli is keeping with the back four, that

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means a diamond, and their most skilful player no doubt his Pirlo.

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It is whether they click on the night, it is a difficult decision

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for Rooney, when he picks it up and when he plays his own game.

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Yesterday, Steven Gerrard said it is that midfield area he feels the

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game could be won or lost him. He has also intimated he is driven by

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previous failures. He has grown in stature. Rooney is back, everybody

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has been talking about him, but the Palace man put his team is no doubt

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Steven Gerrard, he has been magnificent. I see him taking this

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game by the scruff of the neck. They need Steven Gerrard dominating

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that midfield, because there are going to be times when they are

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outnumbered, it is up to him to boss that midfield. Italy are a

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good side, but let not forget that England are a good side as well.

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much talk about the mercurial Balotelli, Gazzetta dello Sport

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said it was him against England. How much added advantage is it that

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he plays week in week out with a two of our players? It he was a

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team-mate of mine, I would be having a little chat with him in

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the tunnel, winding him up, trying to get into his Psyche. It might

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not sound pretty, but that is what you have to do. We have seen how

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good he can be, we just have to hope he has a bad night tonight.

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Part of that is the psychology Paul Stott it is not going to be

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comfortable, is it? It never is. Going into the tournament, Italy

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were embroiled in another match- fixing scandal. But history

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suggests that when it comes to major competitions, it doesn't seem

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The names to not trip off the tongue, unpalatable tongue twisters

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of regularly on the footballing diet in Italy. The scandal in 1980,

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players throwing matches, one player banished the two years. He

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Donations to cosy between certain clubs and referees in 2006.

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Juventus are stripped of two league Now, 2012. The usual mysterious

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international betting syndicates. Atalanta's captain band, former

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legends implicated, Juventus's manager investigated. Is history

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repeating itself? Cesare Prandelli said he would have no problem if

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Italy were prevented from appearing, the good of football more important.

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First, the world champions. They could start, renewed faith. Croatia

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next. The general leading from the Against Ireland, Italy were on --

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in control, on the field, at least. Now, England. Playing like Italy

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themselves. A scandal of its back home, trials, unrest and summer. --

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all summer. The need to stay away longer, all-consuming.

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They have had their problems. You played for many years with Inter

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Milan in Italy, was that all was an undercurrent? That is too harsh,

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but there is always a sense, is this OK? It is part of the culture.

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The Government changes every couple of months. There is always a

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feeling, what goes on? But you have to give them credit, because when

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they are in trouble and they have their stories, similar to 2006,

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they start to stick together. They can be in the same room for three

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months, they work it out. They are not getting tired of which are

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there, they are not going Khadija there. They build chemistry.

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coach has used it to his advantage. Before 1996, we were getting

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slaughtered from the media, the manager said, let's use it to our

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advantage, let's stick together. They will make that tonight.

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have picked out Andrea Pirlo as the danger man. What threat does he

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carry, apart from the obvious? is to Italy what Steven Gerrard is

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to England. He is what makes their midfield tick. He will get the ball

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He is not afraid to take it under pressure. He makes himself at

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available, he is aware. He is starting every mood. He is not

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afraid to have the ball under pressure. He has belief in his

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ability, he passes and moves, he gets it back. You will see that

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time and time again. That is where Wayne Rooney will come in. They

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vied for the past. If you give him the time and space to pick his head

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up, he can do that, at a right foot into Mario Balotelli. Mario

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Balotelli should do better. Look at him again, the same position,

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getting the ball from the full-back. He has got the time and space. He

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goes past the midfield player. This time, with his left foot. He plays

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it into Antonio di Natale. England will have to be aware of that. He

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is gifted at dead balls. Lethal. Yes, he is excellent, we have got

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to be aware of them. It is important, will it be Danny Welbeck

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or Wayne Rooney or James Milner or Ashley Young? Somebody has to stop

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him playing go. You have got to keep him in his own half. The

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minute he comes over the halfway line, he will destroy you. You need

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to get on him tight and quickly. Should England reach the final on

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Sunday, the likelihood is Ashley Cole will win his 100 cap. A man

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for the big occasion, he never let Most appearances in tournaments.

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Seven FA Cups, a record. Three league titles. Their Champions

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League win. You will go down as one of the greats of English football.

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Do you feel appreciated? I am not too sure. To be honest, I looked

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back myself and think of the career I have had, and say, I have had a

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great career, I have won a lot of trophies. It is not down to meet

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two were bit about me being appreciated. Does it matter?

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would be nice to be appreciated and loved, but it is not something I

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lose sleep over. I am here to play football, and I had to carry on

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winning trophies. You are loved by Chelsea fans and the court England

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fans. Is there a misconception about you? I think so. It is

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understandable in certain terms, other issues that come with it. I

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have dealt with it for five years. Yes, his relationship with his

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country and its media. Portugal two dozen of four, a battle with

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Cristiano Ronaldo sums up his finest time in English colours. A

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tabloid newspaper inadvertently awarded him three out of 10. Did it

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become a chant on the bus? It is normally more than -- it is more

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than I normally get!, you do not really enjoy this kind of situation.

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I'd you OK now? I am not worthy, I do not like seeing myself in the

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paper and on the TV. There I let my football do the talking. To the

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public know you? I do not think so. Everybody thinks I am allowed, but

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I am quiet and shy. -- everybody thinks I am allowed. I was asking

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Lee Dixon about you, he was worried about his place. But he said you

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were not good on your right foot. I asked, who taught you the art of

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defending? He said, Tony Adams. was amazing to be around him.

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People like him, Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, David Seaman, they looked

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after me. He said that Tony Adams had you on a piece of string.

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always covering Kent! His legs had gone by then! That go back to the

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first cap, against Albania. Do you remember that day? Yes, being so

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young, it was nerve-racking. Of course, I will always remember the

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game, because somebody threw a lighter. One of my colleagues had

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it. Everybody said it was lipstick, I said, come on! It could my eye.

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It was a debut never to forget. colleague picked it up, and he has

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kept it as a souvenir. Would you like it back? I would! You will

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never forget it! A long time ago. We are heading towards cap number

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100, that would be the final. have three games to go, but it

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would be amazing, to have a great career and get 100 caps in the

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final. To get to a century a week today, he can rely on a battle plan

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that has already worked once this season. With the Champions League,

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nobody thought we could win. Not that many people gave us a chance.

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But we had determination, fight, the will to win. TUC that in this

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England squad? I think so. We have got a mix, a lot of senior players,

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but a lot of young players, eager to impress. You nearly got the

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first goal against Ukraine. In my head, I thought, this is my chance.

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But it was a good save. I will never score! You cannot say that!

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You should be positive! You never know, but I cannot see it! If we

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put a camera inside the dressing room, 30 minutes before kick-off,

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what would you be doing? I would have Mark iPod on.

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superstitions? No. I am so boring! I disagree! The Life looks quite

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interesting from the outside! Just an ordinary guy? Yes. You happen to

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You can be as boring as you like if We have brought a Lee Dixon, he

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knows about full-backs. This substitution, for Jurgen Klinsmann!

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The BBC has gone crazy! We had one too many blue shirts! Ashley Cole,

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what does he give you, apart from consistency? When he first came

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back to Arsenal, he was a fresh kit, his huge amount of talent, and he

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learned the art of defending it of Tony Adams. He was an unbelievable

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loner. His talent is there for all to see. His biggest asset is not

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his pace, it is not his reading of the game, but he knows his job.

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That is what has made him the best left-back in the world. It is his

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position in for May. He gets everything right. He is rarely out

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of position. He does to go tight. As soon as the ball goes wide, that

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is where he goes back. He is back into his position. He is in a

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decent position. As the ball goes into the box, he knows where to go,

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so he recovers his run. He is now in a good position. He does not

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dive in, brilliant defending. One on one, take me down the line,

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because I am quicker than you, and I will get a tackle in. He has got

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no fear of windows, he has dominated Ronaldo. Cover for Joleon

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Lescott. If he does a bit tighter, he is too tight, if he goes too

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wide, he would be too wide, but he is perfect. Now, they win the ball.

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He knows he can go. He has got an engine. He hopes to get the ball in

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that position, but he does not get it. He has a look behind him, he

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realises that Ashley Young has put cover on. When James Milner does

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well on the right hand side, the ball comes over. He nearly got his

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first goal for England. Apart from that side... Their rubbish

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goalscorer! But his consistency has been brilliant. The great divide in

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defensive play since time began, when the winger is attacking, do

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you bring him inside or dandelion? -- down the line? Sometimes, they

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were taken down the line. He is the best I have ever seen at that. For

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Arsenal, for Chelsea, for England, I cannot remember any time that

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anybody has gone past him. young man England will have to be

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worthy of his Mario Balotelli. Not May be some people think I am

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arrogant, but that is me, I am a footballer. The most important

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moment is on the pitch. If only it were that simple. Mario Balotelli,

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always the centre of attention. With country or club. We are

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intrigued, beguiled, frustrated, but always cultivated. The riddle

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that is Mario Balotelli. We like him! Manchester City fans worship

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him. I would like to dedicate this to my favourite person in the world,

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Mario Balotelli. The magic tricks, stealing Sergio Aguero's clothes,

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the goal with the shoulder. Some team-mates adore him. I have come

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to love the guy. When he is on form, he is a great player. At times, he

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shows exactly why many predict greatness awaits. He flows with the

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natural attributes of a striker at the peak of his powers. That is a

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brilliant finish. There is a message for everybody! It was a

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message for all of the people that top bad about me. Why all was me? -

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- y always me? Why? And for all of the good, there is considerable bad.

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Clashes of inexplicable rage and petulance. We know what he is like.

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If you are a world beater, you could get away with that. The key

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is a liability. -- he is a liability. He is going to go!

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occasionally let stand those who fought so hard to save him. --

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leads down. I love him, he is a fantastic player, but he needs to

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change. If not, he could lose the It all boils down to trust. Can you

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trust him to perform, not to explode? The Mario Balotelli we

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know it is just as likely to losing a crucial game as to win it, so has

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Prandelli chosen wisely? Whatever happens, we will all be watching.

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He said yesterday he was more of a man then Peter Pan. Mark Lawrenson

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is more of a man then Peter Pan! But you are not a fan? You have

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made it clear he is a gamble. Jurgen was talking about the time -

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- the Italians been together, but I cannot see how he can be in the

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team, and them be together. When the coach says, it is imperative

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you are together, I cannot see how it can be, because he is always a

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Against the Spanish, he does really well for me, he closes down quickly,

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he is in on goal, and I tell you what, what is he doing? He is

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dawdling. Then there is petulant, frustration, you cannot tell. The

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goal his cause is absolutely fantastic. Wonderful technique.

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Fantastic ability. Then he spoils it because he is going to mouth off

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about something. He can hurt you, though. The ability it is there. He

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has under-achieved much yet in his career, but what an opportunity

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tonight to shut everyone up. He has won a championship! With that hand,

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and I believe he has aged huge amount, let's just hope we don't

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see it tonight -- with that talent. It is getting closer to kick-off. A

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bit of Shakespeare perhaps? This Happy breed of men, at this little

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world, this precious stone in the silver sea, or would you prefer

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three little words? Come on, Three little words, a new beginning.

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It is not going to be easy, claw you kidding? Start the game,

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heightened expectations. You have got the best fans in the world

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behind you. Or you have got to do it is achieved. You are halfway

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there, captain Steve Bee Gee. So close, so near. Come on, England!

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Three little words. Three little Far too important now for juvenile

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references. So leave it, yeah? England have got to start quick. We

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have to play with passion. Absolutely. Do better in possession,

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they have got the players. The players can data level from the

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group stages, if they can, then I think they can win over 90 minutes.

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They have to get the ball into the box. On the occasions they have

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done it, they have been dangerous. What has served the most teams well

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in this tournament has been crosses into the box, we saw Ronaldo score

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one from a great cross from Moutinho, we saw Alonso score 1 for

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Spain, four other England's goals have come from crosses. We have got

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to get the ball into the right Just watch the way one attacks the

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near, one attacks the middle. It is a fantastic ball in from Gerrard.

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You have but to have the desire to go and attack of that, Lescott had

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that in abundance. It was just a dream of a cross. Andy Carroll gets

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in, it is an incredible ball. Look at the power he generates, his neck

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muscles, that is textbook centre forward, how to head a ball that is

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coming into the box. Walcott came on against Sweden, and when you

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have got that space, you have got the pace of Walcott, you have got

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to use it to good effect. And he did that. He gets to the byline,

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and he cuts the ball into a dangerous area, that is a great

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finish from Danny Welbeck. This is Rooney, where he should have scored

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at the other night from a Young cross. But again, Steven Gerrard,

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get the ball into the danger area, you have got four guys in there, it

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falls to Rooney, he should have scored earlier, but you probably

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won't get a simple tap-in than that, ever. People always say you have to

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pick the ball out, you don't - you have to put it into the right areas.

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It is up to the forward to get into the right area. Steven Gerrard, he

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is one person who gets the crosses in, he is so influential. Best

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player England have at the tournament. We said at the start,

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he looks 100% fit, the quality of that cross is absolutely fantastic,

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in the same game, against the French, defensively he gets in a

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good position. A superb blog there, the ball for Andy Carroll was great.

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We have seen this from right to left, over the years, and a great

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example, getting his C-difficile in, tackling. Enthusiasm, energy. Don't

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give them time and space. Encourage a mistake. Another ball into the

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box, unbelievable, then again, in a defensive position. A good touch,

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and a great hit with his left boot. And saved the best fast, this is

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fantastic, he has a little look up, he sees Wayne Rooney running, and

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an inch-perfect pass, it Wayne Rooney had been fitter, it would

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have ended up in the net. So vital for England that he keeps that

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level of performance, because over the three games, he has been

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magnificent. The key to England's success? They have to stop Italy's

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best player, which is Pirlo. It is up to them whether Rooney drops

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back, they have to attack down the wings, when they have got the ball,

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be expansive, and be tight when we haven't. Will they do lead?

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penalties! 90 minutes, England. is almost time. England versus

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Italy for a place in the semi-final of the European Championship. Will

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be fickle finger of fate finally. With domineering hand she moves the

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turning wheel. Like currants in a treacherous Bay, swept to and fro.

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Her ruthless will has just deposed before King's, from locomotion

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lifts appointed head. No cries of misery she hears. No tears she

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heeds. But steely hearted laughs, groans. Such is the game she plays,

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and so she tests the strength of mighty power, when one short hour

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sees happiness from utter The commentators are Mark Lawrenson

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quarter-finals at Euro 2012. A date with Germany awaits the winners of

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the biggest game ever played Mameli" ("The Mameli Hymn")

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# Fratelli d'Italia. # L'Italia s'e desta.

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# Dell'elmo di Scipio. # S'e cinta la testa.

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# Dov'e la vittoria? # Le porga la chioma.

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# Che schiava di Roma. # Iddio la creo.

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# Fratelli d'Italia. # L'Italia s'e desta.

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# Dell'elmo di Scipio. # S'e cinta la testa.

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# Dov'e la vittoria? # Le porga la chioma.

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# Che schiava di Roma. # Iddio la creo.

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# Stringiamoci a coorte. # Siam pronti alla morte.

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# Italia chiamo. # Stringiamoci a coorte.

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# Siam pronti alla morte. # God save our gracious Queen!

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# Long live our noble Queen! # God save the Queen!

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# Send her victorious. # Happy and glorious.

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# Long to reign over us. have faced off in a tournament of

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significance, and the first time outside a bit of it. In 1980 the

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Azzurri won 1-0, in World Cup Italia 90, the host team won again,

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but nobody really cared, it was the third place play-off. This time,

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more than any other time, it unchanged. It is the same team that

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kicked off against Ukraine five nights ago. Four at the back, four

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in midfield. Cole, Milner, Young and Steven Gerrard are on a booking,

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but that is only something to worry about if England win. Portugal's

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Pedro Proenca is the referee. He was the man in charge in Munich or

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Chelsea's Champions League final glory. That is just a fact rather

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Italy side that started against Ireland in the final group game.

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Bonucci is in for Chiellini, and Montolivo replaces Thiago Motta

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come he says he is fit, but he has been left out any way. In attack,

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Mario Balotelli is back. He scored off the bench against the Irish, he

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changes places with the -- Di Natale tonight. Chiellini is listed

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among the Italy substitute despite team plays more like an Italy team

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than the Italians themselves. Foundations built by Capello, all

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put together by Roy Hodgson who took so much from his time in

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charge of Udinese and in tough. -- into Milan. AC Milan were founded

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by English men. The links are strong, but for one, the chains at

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these championships will break to wait an eternity to get the

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games started. They have been at there, straining at the leash, for

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some time. But we have to wait for the obligatory countdown to kick-

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off. Take a seat. Hold your nerves. Try to enjoy it. One week from now,

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here it will be the final kicking off. Roy Hodgson took Fulham to the

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final of the Europa League, and he did it by beating teams from

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Ukraine, Italy and Germany, in that order, followed by a meeting with

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one from Spain. Could it be the same path to England success,

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orders the Road end here? One thing for sure, as ever, we do not expect

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it to be easy. It will be a roller- coaster. The first glimpse of Mario

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Balotelli. The important thing for England, they have to get tight on

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to Andrea Pirlo. He makes the Italian team tick. Joe Hart has not

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quite done what he usually does with the first clear rounds. He is

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against Croatia in the group stage. Italy's record when he gets a goal,

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they have won eight and drawn one. Joe Hart wanted John Terry to wait,

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but he did not have enough time. Italy trying to play everything

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through Andrea Pirlo already. Wayne Rooney is not straying too far away

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Juventus players in the starting line-up. They won the leak in the

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survivors from the World Cup- winning team of 2006. It is off the

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post, Joe Hart was well beaten! hits it first time, right across

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left Joe Hart. It was a good job he got the slice of it. It made its

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been away. -- it made it spin away. Daniele de Rossi has scored in the

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last two tournaments, against Paraguay in the World Cup, and a

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free kick against France at the last European Championship.

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could have been worse, it could did all of the hard work in getting

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there, but he could not finish it not get in if purchase on it. --

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enough purchaser. It was a great height for Gian Luigi perform to

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make the save. In the European Championships qualifying, he saved

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at 93% of the shots that were fired in at his goal. He has been a giant

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in the Italian call for some years now. Absolutely. If this boy gets

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anywhere near that ability, it will teams. England had at least six at

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feared players behind the ball. -- outfield players. Glen Johnson

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follows the ball in. He shovels it as much as anything. It does not

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come out of his feet. It is an excellent save, but it is straight

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at him. He had to dig it out. kick. I am not sure that that could

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centre of defence in Italy's first two games. Joleon Lescott was

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fouled. Two or three times, they have hit the long, straight ball,

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Italy, mostly from Andrea Pirlo. That is another look at the Daniele

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de Rossi slice. Just there, he had to dig it. If he had it either side

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Back's forward, and the wingers There is a deliberate ploy from the

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Italians, the long ball, behind John Terry, rather than Joleon

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prowling more than Roy Hodgson at It is a corner. Clever play by

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Wayne Rooney, he had not had much as they start to this game, but he

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is composed in these areas, he always gets his head up. It was

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blocked by Leonardo Bonucci. The goalkeeper has not been too happy

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but his defenders at times already. -- with his defenders. Now, Ignazio

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Abate has gone to the floor. It is an England throw-in. Wayne Rooney

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was more in danger of hitting it with his hand. England are spending

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a good amount of time around Italy from the great goalkeeper. Not only

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that, he chose to punch under no great pressure, but in a straight

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line. It was straight to Scott Parker. Very unusual from him. It

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was like he did not want to get his gloves 30. A promising spell from

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Balotelli. It was the long ball again. They have tried that four

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times. It is great to see that look -- that they look fallible in

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defence, Italy. Not too many ideas about how to pass their way through

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attacking a 10 from those two. That is a wonderful interception

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from Ignazio Abate said. As a goal kick being given? It looked as

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though he had got too much on his header. But it looked as though the

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defender got the last touch. I think he did. Editor of both, maybe.

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-- bit of both. It is good consider that Steven Gerrard

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received the ball 10 yards from his own goal line. The other thing is,

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we spoke at the start of the game about Pirlo and trying to negate

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him, the best way is by England attacking, because he just doesn't

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feature, he is being bypassed at the moment. Mario is having a

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Cup winners in this squad. Pirlo, De Rossi and bruised on are the

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words about that back at Carrington. He doesn't need to hold him, he was

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free kick and Andrea Pirlo. -- if tournament for both of these

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nations. We know the circumstances in which Roy Hodgson took over. He

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had to get a team together in a very short space of time. Italy

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were beset by another match-fixing scandal, and their form coming into

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this tournament, they lost three in a row without scoring. They lost to

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Uruguay, the USA and Russia. But they got out of the group and they

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showed why they are usually a good been a problem for Hart, but he did

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Hart. Joe Hart's 22nd England cap. England have only lost one game

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with him in goal so far, against tournament. He got himself booked

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hear Joe Hart, he is a constant presence. That was a good header by

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the summer. He scored two goals in qualifying, his first goal since

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Euro 2004 for his country. A really interesting story and selection,

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Antonio Cassano. He suffered eight mini stroke in October, he had

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minor heart surgery, he proved his worth with Milan to get his place

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in the team. Rossi would have been it Italy's main man four goals

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into this sort of pattern we were expecting now. Italy will try and

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change the pattern, that is what Lescott against his Manchester City

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that has been played to him, Danny to get himself bore down that side.

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the ball. It does look to be James Milner. Read very nearly

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being onside. I think Glen Johnson the right hand side as the Italian

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fans try to lift the momentum of Ian Butterworth watched all of

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England's performance. Italy, just starting to pass it around now. The

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shot from distance didn't trouble thought at first it might have come

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at the moment. It is important with England to play the way they are

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Johnson. Federico Balzaretti is such an outlet down the left.

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could hear Joe Hart telling of Wayne Rooney where Andrea Pirlo is.

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and he has kicked out in frustration. It was not a bad drive.

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It is a great ball, round the corner. England are playing to a --

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trying to play offside, which was almost disastrous. Mario Balotelli

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is playing the offside trap pretty well. It was John Terry trying to

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not get many better opportunities. It was a good break, great into

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play. -- into play. At least made Gianluigi Buffon make a safe. He

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winning goal against Sweden. There was a debate about whether he meant

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it or not. He knew where he wanted to put that. He was not quite up to

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it there. Such a sharp bit of movement. But the shot is wide.

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never really troubled Joe Hart. It is about even Stephen, this game.

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have completed twice as many passes as England. England had the same

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number of chances. You might argue even better. Gary Neville has got

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to his feet to have a word with start again. Just do not give the

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the ball from Daniele de Rossi. Wayne Rooney is told to get back to

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his feet. The referee was in a good John Terry. He was waiting for the

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talking to the fourth official. Joe Hart makes a casual saved. He was

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making sure he stopped it. It was a good strike. Just make sure you

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stop it, you can make sure on the next move. I just caught the

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England manager having words. He thought Daniele de Rossi had taken

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dived, surely. It is that Paul again. -- that ball. Has that been

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England's greatest weakness? little bet. -- little bit. Scott

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Parker went in strongly. The referee acknowledges it was a

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commission. -- commission. almost turns his back. Khadija

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London -- Daniele de Rossi thought he had been shot! At was a foul on

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Well done. He does really well in their situations. Mario Balotelli

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has put it over! He kicks out at the post, he is livid. It will be a

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corner, but surely it should have been a goal. It is a great ball by

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Andrea Pirlo. Dear, oh dear. must have been Joleon Lescott, but

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Mario Balotelli bingo sheet. It was a Super Bowl -- Super Bowl from

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Wayne Rooney. It is important England go into half-time level.

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Rooney. They did not make enough of own free kick. England could not

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capitalise. We are seeing the best of Mario Balotelli, from a

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footballing point of view. A wicked strike. He is getting himself into

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goalscoring positions. At the other end, with the England chance, he

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fire is stoked. Unfortunately. Rossi having words. England need a

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of the training ground, not here at Stadium. Mario Balotelli has looked

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dangerous sport Italy, England have had chances, which is perhaps one

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of the biggest surprise is, the amount of chances both sides have

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had. Nobody able to convert, though. Welbeck perhaps have the best

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chance for England to take the lead. The players are going off to

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regroup and I'm sure, get some fresh tactical instruction from

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The best way to describe that is exquisitely painful to watch! As

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always. It is a great game. England started poorly, De Rossi had a

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great shot, it hit the upright, then England got into it, they

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settled into their game. They had two great chances of their own. It

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is anybody's game. Very evenly balanced. I'm quite happy with it,

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going forward, but defensively, I think we have looked very iffy. We

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highlighted Pirlo, I don't think we have worked hard enough to stop him.

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But going forward, we have got balls into the box, created one or

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two chances, but if Balotelli had the shooting boots on, it would

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have been different. It seems there is more ability and the back four

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this evening. I am worried about what is going to happen in the

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second half, they have created a few chances with Pirlo, he has been

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their danger man, but we have been good at times. One minute you are

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off your seat. What has happened is that more men you get bored, the

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more do centre-backs have to get up the pitch. -- remain you get

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forward. When they come up the pitch, then they have got to get it

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together. Derek three minutes that sum that half up. It was an

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You try and analyse things, but this particular act but, I am not

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sure what you can do better. You just have to say, a great strike.

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No goalkeeper around would have got anywhere near this. It is going

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away from Hart, and it is a fantastic strike. He is so unlucky.

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The only thing you would say is the two midfield players, they are a

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little bit deeper. He is over 30 yards out. What about this? A great

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strike from Johnson. He has looked good going forward. We have got

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numbers in the box, just watch him, he does it right for me because he

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lifts the ball away from the defender's legs. That is an

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excellent save from a Buffon. But he does the majority of things

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right there. The number of times you have seen him at Liverpool,

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going at defenders and causing them problems. One of our problems has

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been the speed of our attack, but this time, jumped in just follows

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the past. And then as the ball comes in, if it toe-poke it, the

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defender Stubbs M. He has got to get between the defenders, and he

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makes a great stab at it. But a fantastic save. De and you just

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hate goalkeepers sometimes! You talked about strikers, any striker

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likes crosses. We have heard about how Roy Hodgson can be negative,

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but the positive thing is, look at the number of bodies we are getting

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into the box. That was bad play from Balotelli. But then we have

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two guys in the box, Rooney tries to pick out Welbeck, and yes, the

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crossing has been positive for me, because that is the way we are

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going to score, if we continue. He has a look to get the ball in at

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every opportunity, Glen Johnson. Well defended in the end. That

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would encourage me, yes, we have seen him make a great save, but

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that was poor goalkeeping, he should have caught that. I don't

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think their full-backs are great. They are playing narrow in midfield,

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you can get down the side, and that is proved right. A lot of occasions

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when England have broken... That was close, but not as close as that.

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This was the best bit of play we have seen from Rooney. You have got

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four dies looking to get forward, I think that is encouraging. On the

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first Balotelli chance, you could have written a dissertation on how

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bad it was. He runs about 25 yards, no pressure on the ball. That is

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the problem when you get men forward. Pirlo will not drag back

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and tackle, he will be in position, but then he will one day off, when

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he gets the ball... It is in a good attack, he is on the edge of the

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box here. Picks it up, no pressure on the ball whatsoever. He runs and

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he runs. Balotelli, a bit of movement and he is in. I think John

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Terry in the end, if you watch the three defenders that England end up

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with in a straight line, as Pirlo gets the ball, watch Balotelli's

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Movement. In a straight line, that is where the danger is. A little

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ball over the top, and he can head that ball all day long. Let him

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have it to feed. That is the other thing, I think we can do better. We

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highlighted before the game, to get Rooney or Welbeck in and around

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Pirlo. He is looking good balls in, he has the ability to hurt you. We

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highlighted it before. That was the closest of all. Certainly the best

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chance. He is the only man they have got. When you look at how they

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play, every single thing goes through him. He has got every pass

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in the box. How do you deal with him? You get Rooney and Welbeck in

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and around him to stop him. Difficult, I know. Especially when

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he is starting to move off on the edge of his back four. We have a

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couple of clubs coming up, we say that if you leave him in his own

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half, deep, like here. This is fine. From that, that is a straight ball

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down the line. You should be able to defend against that. This is the

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one. Danny Welbeck is hustling him, harrying him, that is the beauty of

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it. But before the first Balotelli chance, he was coming in again,

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picking it up in this area. Again, no pressure on the ball, just

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inside the England half, he is watching the play. To me, that is

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dangerous. The nearest guy to him is Welbeck or Rooney. The trouble

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with that is a I think our trouble comes when we lose the ball, then

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he picks it up. Rooney and Welbeck are not going to be thinking about

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him then, they are thinking, they might get a goal. All of a sudden

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they go... That is when the back four are so Key, they think, we

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might lose it, and if he gets the ball, what is the game plan? At the

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moment they are not sure. He has got in a couple of times, Balotelli.

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He is a real quality player, he can play it long and short, his deft

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touches, you have got to get eye on him, because if you don't, you lose

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the game. A quick respite to tell you about a couple of sporting

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Coverage of the first day's play starts at 11:30am tomorrow morning.

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The Germans are waiting to see who they will play on Thursday. Let's

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get a half time thoughts of Jurgen Klinsmann.

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Your thoughts on the first half? think a very good start, the first

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20 minutes was a very fine, watching the England team.

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Afterwards, Italy got a little bit more into the game, got closer to a

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goal, but they are lacking the, from the English perspective, the

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kind of clinical finishing. Both sides. Balotelli has had his

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chances, and Pirlo, we spoke about before the game, has proven why he

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is so dangerous. Yes, but also Montolivo. I think he is very well

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involved in the Italian side, creating stuff, and it is an open

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game, anything is possible. You have to keep going. The tempo from

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England, much greater than they have played that so far in this

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tournament. If you are Roy Hodgson right now, and thinking about your

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substitutions, do you go early in the second half? Because they are

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getting a lot of breaks down the wings. I think it will open up,

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another 25 minutes, the game will open up, and it is a question of

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fitness, who is the fitter team? If I were Roy, I would wait a little

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bit. Maybe another 25 minutes, see what is needed. Maybe push it

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towards the end of the 90 minutes, having in mind it might suddenly go

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to extra time. He is definitely on our side, you know. Both semi-

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finals are live on the BBC, starting with Portugal against

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The following evening, a real showdown - the Germany will face

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the winners of the night's encounter. We will also have the

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Perfect Sunday, really. A nice lie- in, roast beef, Yorkshire pudding.

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Nice relaxing game of football! yes, wonderful! Just the one thing,

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though. England win! It is a tough call. Probably for spells in the

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first half, that is the best England have played it in the

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competition. But as we said, they have certain frailties, they have

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to get tighter, quicker, be good news for England is that against

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Croatia, he was sensational in the first half, but he disappeared in

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the second half, Pirlo, he is 33 years-old. In terms of England, a

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lot of forward play, in many senses they played as well in the first

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half as any time in the tournament. Going forward, they can be very

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happy, they have got into some dangerous positions, some decent

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balls into the box, with better finishing, we could have scored one

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or two bowls. On the negative side, you could say the same with the

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Italians, they have been in great positions, notably from our poor

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defending. It is a big test for England, the second half, but let's

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not forget, it is a big task for them as well. We got the ball into

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dangerous areas, we got it wide, we have created, but there is always a

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but with England. We have been lax at the back. One simple balls, as

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well. They should be our bread and butter. You have to defend better

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with the ball over the top. I would leave it for 20, 25 minutes, then

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we have got Walcott, we have got pace to bring on, we also have Andy

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Carroll. They might not have faced anyone like Andy Carroll before.

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Defensively, don't get caught up the pitch. Because we have seen in

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Danny Welbeck has had a really good tournament, for a young player.

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Offensively and defensively. Here is your man. He is always a threat.

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He has had a few chances. They were good chances as well. If he had

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another two or three, you would not expect him to miss all of them.

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is going to finish in 90 minutes, England 45 minutes from glory.

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hope so. Bags of heart and passion, they have got to start the same as

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they did in the first half. They got into the game really well.

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is there for them. Grasp the moment. Let's go back to the commentators

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be nice if England could stop the second half as they did against

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Ukraine on Tuesday -- start the second half. They scored within

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three minutes of the restart, courtesy of Wayne Rooney. A present

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from the goalkeeper. His Gianluigi Buffon feeling generous? He might

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have made his mistake already. Another 45 minutes to hopefully

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Balotelli. Joe Hart was in a hurry to distribute. Ashley Cole always

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happy to get the ball and to get forward. We need to see so much

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more from Ashley Young again. has all of the ability in the world,

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difficult header, helping it out towards the touchline. It is

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difficult to know what to do, but incredible miss! I am not sure if

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it does not come off his shin. He snatched at it. That is its huge

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let-off for England. Daniele de Rossi knows it. They were

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corner. It was better from rain ruin a -- from Wayne Rooney. It is

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when he is at his best, committing people. He is so strong. Steven

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Gerrard is England's Andrea Pirlo. He is peelers when it comes to free

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he is strong. He was about to react angrily until he realised it was

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get the mess of his mind? The game is so finely balanced. We always

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a free kick. There can be no him by John Terry. That was great

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defending. He reacted immediately to the danger, he knew where the

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top! England's goal is leading a charmed life. How many

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opportunities to the Italians want? It is not a good Paris, it is

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straight back at Mario Balotelli. It was good pressure in the end

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from the third attempt. It was great pressure, Glen Johnson, I

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think. Joe Hart took as much time as he dared with the goal kick, he

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took a few deep breaths, and he let the players in front of him the

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shape. How many times will Mario Balotelli be onside? If you want a

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number, seven. Seven times too many. Yes. It is not exactly a subtle

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tactic. James Milner did not quite chances to score? -- are Italy?

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out to do some stretching it. Andy Carroll

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as well. Two very different options available for England. What Roy

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Hodgson has done so successfully in the tournament so far, he has timed

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the substitutions well. Yes. Jurgen Klinsmann hit the nail on the head,

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he weds 20, 25 minutes, and thus the game changes -- he wades.

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Italians have missed golden chances. I am not sure they created as many

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with Juventus in his first season he knew where the run was coming

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from. He did well, he was always -- almost in the wrong position. He is

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defenders and midfielders to go after the ball. Andrea Pirlo is

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Pirlo have in this much time on the ball? I have got to have somebody

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in and around him. But it is difficult. You are asking the

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forwards to do it. They want to be and editor of respite. There was a

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clash of heads. Who is the England player? Glen Johnson? It is Ashley

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Young. He went head-to-head with it that they add. -- with Ignazio

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Abate. England are thinking about a change, Andy Carroll is ready. Theo

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Walcott is ready. Ashley Young might be one of those to make way.

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Yes, regardless of his injury, he might have been coming off. He

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keeps giving the ball away. goalkeeping coach is giving a

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handshake of good luck to the substitutes, getting their tactical

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message from Gary Neville. A chance for Cesare Prandelli to have a word

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with Andrea Barzagli. That will have hurt. Yes, it is when you

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least expected. With one week to go, the rest is all live on BBC One. On

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Wednesday, Spain against Portugal, from 7pm. On Thursday night, the

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winners of this play Germany in the second semi-final. You can keep up-

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still awaiting the chance to come good attacking threat for Italy. --

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Quite brilliant! It was a great something very special about him.

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Danny Welbeck and James Milner our players to come off. Young stays on.

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clear to see. I think he has done well, he has worked hard, as per

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in the play. You concede Pirlo looking over his shoulder saying, I

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where they keep giving the ball away. Roy has gone early and first

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of the colleges. -- coaches. He doesn't mind a double substitution.

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Never shy of changing it. Well done, Lescott. He knew exactly where

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England have managed to catch anybody offside in the entire

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tournament! I'm thought being as centre-back of culture, you would

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appreciate that tactical nous! who was getting himself into the

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penalty area, but is not finishing with any panache. I am not sure if

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not playing as well as they were for the first half? They were

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denying Italians the ball, keeping hold of the ball. But they are not

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of hounding and caressing and England's left-hand side, Abate is

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looking more of the danger going forward than Ashley Young has for a

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long time. I thought I'd just saw him clutching his left hamstring.

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from the cross. It sat up for Ashley Young. I don't know how much

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contact you made, it wasn't great. far from the England manager's

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thought. He was very keen to talk blow his whistle. You almost know

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that when he stops the corner being taken, everybody is pushing and

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pulling, it almost never goes for the attacker. Lescott's show it was

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being tugged, Terry's show it is hold it up under pressure from

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Barzagli, he has been adjudged to many more defenders who have

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managed to block the ball as many fashion, stops to Rossi. -- de

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Rossi. Cesare Prandelli has applauded Ashley Young for that.

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Nothing wrong with the tackle. might get one of those back! I

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don't think it works quite like that won the competition is this

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fierce, at this level of the game. Do you see the Italians giving the

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ball back? You never know. Paolo di Carroll. There is a clash of

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maybe not. That is the other thing, or about substitutions. There is

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the possibility of extra time. dreaded what follows that will not

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be mentioned yet. The way things are going at the moment, England

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would do well to reach extra time. Italy are the better team at the

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swept out to Abate, who has the beating of the Young almost every

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time. That was much better from him. Below's performance is a little bit

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like Schweinsteiger was in South Africa. -- Pirlo's performance.

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That remains England's last defeat in a competitive international

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enough to get on the end of that. Just that lack of quality in the

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final third. They just have to be very clever and selective in their

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passing. England need those people only found Hart. I can't wait till

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PLO's starts to tire. The men at Milan thought he had. They went far

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Work for England's medical team to do. A long way to go. Another 19

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minutes, plus whatever is tacked on, plus another 30, you want him on at

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It is still a very warm evening in Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney, and

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Gary Neville is chipping in. Just telling the front two what they

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would expect from them. A goal be great. Does he look sharper than

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in the last game? And little bit, Walcott to give the ball back to

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Italy. He passed it straight to have a little look at Steven

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Gerrard and make sure he is not Getting it and giving it. England

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knew he would be the man to stop if Italy were to play, but he is

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having more influence on the game in the second half. As everybody

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Ashley Young giving the ball away feel aggrieved not to be leading

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the game and not going through to the semi-finals, if that is how it

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works out. I wonder if their heads would react to go in behind. They

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have not been behind in the tournament yet. Andy Carroll has

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won England a free kick. Because of the paucity of England chances, you

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might as well send-up the centre- backs are. Joleon Lescott is going.

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John Terry is going, but only when he is sure he has cover. Scott

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Parker is being directed back to the centre circle. We need some

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movement. We need somebody to run ended up in geller rigid before

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and's gloves. -- in the Gianluigi Buffon's gloves. He seemed to jump

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underneath it. He has misjudged it. Being held again. But he would have

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Henderson have been warming up, and Jermain Defoe is warming up, but

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Italy will make a change. Alessandro Diamanti, the former

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West Ham United player, will come Antonio Cassano is coming off. It

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looks as though he has worked as much as he possibly can. Alessandro

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Diamanti, he is 29, only his third appearance. He had only played for

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Italy once before these championships. He has had a good

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club season. His season at West Ham, another change. Antonio Nocerino is

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coming on. It is Daniele de Rossi, one of the senior players. He has

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used up one of his chances. -- all of his chances. But he was a player

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of some influence. Antonio Nocerino has had a good first season with

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throw-in. England cannot get out of but he watched it all the way.

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was comfortable, but what is a worry, the time and space Italy are

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getting in all areas. England are starting to back-pedal. They are

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trying to go wrong almost every time to Andy Carroll. It is in the

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further. Andrea Barzagli is a bit unlucky. The referee deemed it an

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aggressive tackle. It is the first days. Gianluigi Buffon is happy

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The referee has stopped the game. He said the player got hit in the

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face. He may have got Scott Parker's boot. Does the referee has

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to stop it? What does the extra assistant do when that is

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happening? He has a stick, and he presses it to alert the referee.

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think it is a white stick. It was not his face, stop holding your

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face. England were just ready to put under cross. -- to put in the

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cross. It caught him on the shoulder. Hold your face anyway!

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is a shame, England should have let the ball go out and have the throw-

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in. Scott Parker was not to note the referee was going to stop the

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game. Federico Balzaretti is OK. Really?! He is married to an

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Italian ballerina, he has learned tips off the stage from her!

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holding on for an additional half an hour. And then holed another

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again. Italy have dominated the second half, and large chunks of

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the first half. They have not taken their chances. Will England take

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as he was? Not that he has to. is still getting the ball. He is

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England to get a really good 90 minutes out of the team. Cast your

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mind back to the World Cup. In the tournament, they cannot seem to

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come up with a good performance for Theo Walcott, but the Arsenal man

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was on his heels. He needed to play it to his feet. He was in acres of

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space. He could have turned and run. Roy Hodgson already thinking about

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what the message will be before promise that has come to nothing,

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and a bit of frustration. If looks could kill! What has Cesare

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Prandelli got up his sleeve? tournament, Glen Johnson. He just

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got a vital touch. A superb, darting run from the substitute,

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is their last available the end of the game, there will be

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Make sure he cannot turn. So it is a straight swap at right-back for

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Italy. Abate coming off. Match year, more of a wing back for his club

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than an orthodox full-back. Then again, Abate has played as a wing-

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back for most of the game as well. He has played more forward than

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Ashley Young, certainly, and used like he was struggling to retain

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pointed you, but a seriously difficult chance. It is such a

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difficult chance to convert for Rooney, this. No fairy tale

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overhead finish this time. Great you cannot doubt their resolve at

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all. But it is just at the quality. They can't keep the ball, they want

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to force the play, the drop deeper and deeper. They rode their luck in

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because they have another 30 minutes to go. This is how it was

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written by many in the preview to the game. Always knew it would be

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tight. Even Roy Hodgson always thought that it might go two hours

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long, this game. Maybe even penalties to come at the end of it

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all. Extra time to come. What are your quick thoughts about what we

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are about to see? England need to start getting the ball down and

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passing. Just passed it, keeps the ball, get the confidence back up,

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stop giving the ball back to the Italians! A quick break for us, we

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90 minutes of punishing, exhaustive football, and that is just for us

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watching. England, hanging on in that second half. Italian chances

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to wrap the game, they have largely dominated. They have done. England

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in the second half were poor, I thought they played reasonably well

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in the first, but it doesn't matter that they have been the better side,

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it doesn't matter that they have the better of the play and the

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chances, the score is still level. We know anything can happen in

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extra-time. The one thing you can say about this England side, there

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is so much spirit and resolve, sometimes big heart can take you

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through. We have been so lucky. So we have got to make the most of

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that. Montolivo, Nocerino, Balotelli, they have almost big,

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big chances, so we have got to use that to our advantage. You work so

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hard to get the ball back, and then to give it away straight away is so

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hard to take. Sometimes when you are outnumbered in midfield, when

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you are playing 4-4-2, you're outnumbered, so sometimes there are

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not the options to pass it. When they have won but ball back in

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certain areas, they have no options, but there are a lot of tired

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players out there, more so England. It is about the mental attitude now,

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how the big players stand-up in extra time, when you start to get

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tired, John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, it is about those

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players going around, it is about their attitude to how they go about

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this next 30 minutes. We have seen This was an extraordinary bit of

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play. They had chance after chance after chance. We didn't learn our

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lesson against Sweden. De Rossi, that is a sitter. Lescott played

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him on side. You have to come out together, it is difficult, but you

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have to. This is a great chance, Balotelli. Don't know how he missed

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that, Montolivo. Got away with it again. Johnson just put enough

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pressure on. He has played really well, he has defended really well.

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Hart, we might need you shortly. This play is the best player on the

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field by a mile, Pirlo. When you are playing with somebody with that

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quality, it is imperative to get close to him. We have brought

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Walcott on, but we have got to get the ball further up the pitch so

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they can run at someone, and caused some damage. On the occasions we

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have got in the box, a couple of shout or penalties. He gave this a

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free kick the other way. He drags into the ground. De Rossi has got

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hold of him. That is a penalty kick. That is what the officials behind

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the goal are meant to be looking out for, to clamber back out. Here

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it is, exactly the same again. What is the other official doing there?

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Such a big call, to give a penalty kick there. The players are still

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recovering, getting as much rest as they can, massaging those muscles.

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Let's pause briefly and get the thoughts of Jurgen Klinsmann.

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think everything is still to play here. I think Italy had most of the

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second half, but there were moments that can change the game, momentum

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that can change everything. They just need to get that moment now,

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Rooney had a bicycle kick, in training he probably put that in. I

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think they have to stay positive and wait for the one moment and

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change it. What is required, it is a question of fitness and heart

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over everything else? Certainly, but it is a psychological mind game

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now. They have to keep going, obviously you're looking for the

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special player who steps up, is it Steven Gerrard all Wayne Rooney,

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you need one lead out there who makes a difference. A thanks, you

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can. It looks like we're getting close to the extra 30 minutes. We

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have been there before. You have to look at Theo Walcott. He is still

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fresh, he hasn't done an awful lot since he came on, and he is a fit

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lad. You have to get him on the ball and drive the Italians back.

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Parker looks like he is really, really tired. It it get any more

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tense, will have to call for the paramedics. The three of you are

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driving me crazy! Particularly with Andy Carroll now on, it could work

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in our favour. They must be as tired as us. It is about your

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mental strength now. Stay strong! Believe! Make things happen. Guy

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looking across to see if Jurgen is smiling. You know who the big

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winners are, Germany are waiting, fresh and ready. Yes, he is smiling.

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Either that, all he has got wind. England are going to start extra

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for him to somebody in the next half-hour. It is just as it was the

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last time England were in the European Championship, eight years

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ago, they exuded to Portugal 6-5 on penalties after a draw. It does

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look as if it will go the whole difference -- distance, although

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Italy might have other ideas after the way they dominated the second

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Italy, but Andy Carroll is charging Parker's legs? He has looked tired

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in the games before tonight. This second half, is he about to come

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touch on the way through. It is going to be Jordan Henderson. Well,

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a tired potboiler. -- it the his socks down a lot of retired

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the squeal of anguish. The referee is producing a yellow card, he has

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given England A free kick. He has taken a long time to reach that

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decision. If Italy managed to get through, he won't be available for

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not sure if that is any great surprise. No, he has given his all.

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Henderson. Born and bred in Sunderland. He turns 22 last Sunday,

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but this is his coming-of-age tonight. Fresh legs, that is the

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counted if they had managed to. corridor of uncertainty for the

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goalkeeper. He just went too soon, and then John Terry was as well.

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They have looked a threat from set- pieces, Englander. It is just as

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well, because they have not what a threat otherwise. -- they have not

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Balotelli sprung the track again, but he could not stretch enough.

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Just when England are at their most vulnerable. They pulled men forward,

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way he rallied the supporters, at the start of the first period of

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is it from Andy Carroll, though. Just when he shows his inexperience.

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Thankfully for England. The last time these nations met in a

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competitive game, the World Cup qualifier, October 1997, England

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produced such a battling display to get the point they needed to win a

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place at the World Cup in 1998. This team will have to battle again

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is Mario Balotelli against Joe Hart incentive, he has got a German

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mother. He has played pretty well, pushed the woodwork. He was not

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quite sure. It is a cross. He missed her tit, and it almost

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sneaked in. -- he mishit it. Would be a cruel way to go out. They miss

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it cross from a West Ham reject it. -- a mishit cross. Cesare Prandelli

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keeps looking up at the screen, looking at the score, how are we

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supporters at seeing Ashley Young stopping it. Wayne Rooney was

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ball away, put England are not bothered if -- Ashley Young. It is

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not good enough. The Italians will they just keep the ball for one

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Glen Johnson, and Theo Walcott as well. Just too much height. The

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in Kiev. Still, we have yet to see a goal. We have yet to see any

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signs, apart from that last flurry, of England getting the chance they

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might need to reach the semi-final, which is still looking at massively

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unlikely at this stage. Let's get a word with Jurgen Klinsmann. How can

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England hang on for another 15 minutes? They do hand on. This is

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the only thing that matters. It takes one brilliant moment, and you

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might win the game, even if you do not deserve it. But who cares? The

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worst case, go to a penalty shoot- out and win it. When it? This is

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England! But remember Chelsea! This might be the year! Is Roy Hodgson's

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message just going to become a police defend? He will not want

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anything ambitious, wealthy? They do not have it in their legs still.

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That is a problem. If he realises the legs are not there, they have

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got to defend, and go into a penalty shoot-out. It is a pity,

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because these games, you want to go further up and create more chances,

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the earlier, the better, but it is not happening. The Thursday semi-

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final will be upon us, what are Germany's thoughts? With extra time,

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they will lose some energy already. He has got two jobs tonight, Jurgen

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Klinsmann, working for us and spying for his mate! We have seen

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why the news from the Germany camp was that they would rather face

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England and Italy in the semi-final. It is nice to have the choice.

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England just want to work their way through this. It would be a case of

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making it now. Yes, but we have talked about resolved, there is

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nothing wrong with that. Hopefully, England do not get too deep.

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have heard about the spirit and togetherness that has been with

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this England party ever since they gathered together and travelled to

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Krakow for their training camp. They have presented a united front

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throughout, and they need it more than ever. It is strange, they were

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vilified for deciding to stay in Poland before the tournament, and

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now, it was a great idea! Well played, Fabio Capello! That is all

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and Pirlo touches the ball out. He has pulled Diamanti up, the referee.

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His indecision was final! He has got Premier League to to his,

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Diamanti. He was a Premier League player for 12 months. He was a

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surprised! I'm still astonished a bad decision made by Milan a year

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Robbens, wasn't it? Just a reminder of the time difference. It is past

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midnight here, we are two hours ahead of you back home. It is

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Monday morning. Which of these two teams will be going to the Warsaw

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teams will be going to the Warsaw eventful time, he has been booked,

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he will miss the semi-final it Italy get there, and he might lose

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some teeth. He catches in with his Young. I am not sure about this. I

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am not sure if he is going to get on the ball when he plays it

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through his legs. Where can Ashley Young go? Are he couldn't have had

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been too close. Wayne Rooney is hopping around, the England players

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are furious. Marchisio has got one outnumbered by the English inside

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the stadium tonight, but they can be heard loudly now. Their role so

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empty seats, you know. The official and cannot bring himself to stare

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into Balotelli's eyes. He didn't even smash it, did he? It is as

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pleased to have on the field every until it comes to the most

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important part of the tour. Steven Gerrard just could close to him,

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put him under a little bit of pressure. -- got close to him. Even

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remaining. It is purgatory. It is, the net finally, but it will not

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count. Who is starting to believe wasn't prone to premature

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any more dramatic, nail-biting and just are not in the game, you

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haven't touched the ball for ages. off the cramped that afflicted him

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early in the second half, but he now has to rally the troops to

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defend his corner. -- defend this -- happy to let that one goal

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behind. Joe Hart is the sort of goalkeeper who you just think... I

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more. Roy Hodgson can't really do any more. He did say before the

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game that it would be an important time if it came to it for Gary

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bitterly's view of the game, if they do not get through to the

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semi-final, they will feel a massive but ball in justice has

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come their way -- Italy's view of about retrieving the ball, putting

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it down and getting it as far down effort from the players. Just to

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on. A free kick for Italy. Another one to be swung into the England

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box here. Get Andy Carroll back. Everybody back. We're into the last

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time. It is a free kick. Push everybody out, stick in the corner.

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Roy Hodgson is out of his seat, and we have played time. The referee

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has his was already, and that will be it. England are going to

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penalties, they have held on, they have worked hard, they have battled.

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The scenario many a of us thought would come to pass has. England in

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a penalty shoot-out. This time, Fall the Italian possession, all

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the Italian chances, all that matters now is who can keep their

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nerve from the penalty spot. Italy have only ever lost a two quarter-

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finals in major tournament, both on penalties after 0-0 draws. Spain in

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2008, and France in the World Cup Of 1998. England's won a penalty

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shoot-out success was in the Euro 96 after a 00 draw against Spain. I

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am looking for every omen. The two goalkeepers have prepared Int

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contrasting ways. Joe Hart has watched DVDs of every Italian

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penalty taker for 10 years. Buffon said only that the only thing he

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watched was a naughty videos in his room. Less professional, but may be

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This is the moment that every player dreads. It is a horrible

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situation, but all I would say, stay strong, mentally, and do not

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change or mind, and do what you have practised for the last two

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weeks. It was interesting, seeing Joe Hart looking at an iPad with

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penalties on it, and the coaches were picking the players. They have

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got to work out who will take them for Italy. With England, the

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approach has been, it is not worth practising it, I have never

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understood that, but Roy Hodgson has got his players to practise

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frequently, he has got Joe Hart well-drilled. This is why you have

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to stay strong, you have got to believe in what you have practised.

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The court from the halfway line to the penalty spot will be the

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longest Walk of their life, but there is a lot going through their

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mind. They have to stay strong and remember what they have practised.

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Sometimes it is written, England have done well to get to this stage,

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because the gulf in class in the second half and extra time was

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embarrassing. Italy were by far the best side, but when it comes to

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penalties, there are no favourites. It is fifty-fifty. It looked like

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England might have lost it during the second half of extra-time, but

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A wonderful decision! We jumped off in disbelief! Make it right when it

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matters. This is perfect. Watch the linesman. It is a great decision.

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Spot-on. By six inches, brilliant. We have not played well at all. We

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were OK in the first half, but after that, we were in our own half,

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in our 18-yard box. We were lucky, but we might be lucky again. Who

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knows? Jurgen Klinsmann, who would you prefer to play? A good first

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half, but second half and extra time was all Italy. If you look

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from the German side's perspective, they would rather have the England.

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But now it is all over, the game is over. It comes down to nerves. It

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comes down to follow when your first thought, and having a

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positive first thought. If they trained at, it is a good thing,

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they are ready. Forget about the game, just get the penalty shoot-

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out done. You have got two competent

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goalkeepers. One of there is going It is almost set up for Joe Hart to

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be a hero, I can feel it. I said before the game, it would end up

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almost. Mario Balotelli is gunning for the first penalty. They are

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team-mates! He must have said something to him. He must say

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something to him. They are trying to avoid eye-contact. I would be

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all over him like a rash. He has got a tendency to she put down the

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middle. Come on, Joe! Come on, Joe penalties. A slight stutter, but in

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the corner.. Absolutely perfect. Nothing his Manchester City team-

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mate could do. How about the captain of Liverpool and England?

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In the quarter-final of the World Cup in 2006, Steven Gerrard's

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Balotelli did. That is what you need to see, the captain coming

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Buffon. Those waiting can barely smile. You cannot blame them.

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Riccardo Montolivo. He has missed it! Joe Hart did not need to save

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it! The first chink of light shines threatened the frame of the golf. -

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- the goal. Wayne Rooney. He has barely threatened in the game. He

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cannot bring himself to look up at England. The best penalty so far.

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Italy. He missed in the Champions League final for Milan against

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Liverpool in that miracle in middle, the coolest player on the

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pitch has stayed that way. That is incredible. Remember all those

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years ago, in the European Championships, when that was

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started? Brilliant. That takes nerves of steel. Ashley Young makes

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too much into it. He went for power, and it did not pay off. That has

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summed up his night. It has summed up his tournament. It is all square

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after three, 2-2. Italy send one of their substitutes for word, Antonio

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pressure turns around on to England's men. Just that stutter

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again, waiting to see what the goalkeeper does. Ashley Cole. He

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scored for Chelsea in the Champions League final shoot-out against

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Bayern Munich. If he misses this, penalty, it is this one. It is the

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former West Ham man, Alessandro Diamanti. He left the bench in the

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second half. Alessandro Diamanti takes Italy through. In a football

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sense, justice has been done. But it is crawl on England. Beaten

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again in a penalty shoot-out. That is eight in all competitions.

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England have only ever won once, and it stays that way. Quarter-

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finals was the first target. It is this far and no further. An Italian

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Job Too Far. Italy will face Germany on Thursday. England are

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homeward-bound. Their next game against Italy, in a friendly in

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August. It will not matter nearly We have been here many times before,

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but it does not make it any more palatable when it happens. Again,

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England failed on a penalty shoot- out. Not England's finest

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performance, they were lucky to take it that far, but you thought

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that it might have been written that England would go through, but

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it was not a day. Overall,...? a football perspective, we did well

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to get there. We were lucky. We were given a lesson, really. But I

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would never blame anyone or point the finger at anyone who has the

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courage to take a penalty. Ashley Young has had a poor tournament,

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and it was one of his penalties. Ashley Cole as well. They had the

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courage, it is a difficult situation. But we were lucky to get

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there, let's be honest. We should have been out of sight within the

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90 minutes, let alone extra time. Sometimes, you get lucky, and you

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win a game you should not. The quarter-finals was probably about

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right for England. Tonight, they were outplayed, but they got

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themselves into the penalty shoot- out. The amount of chances Italy

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missed, you thought it might have been denied. They got off to a

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great start, then Italy missed a penalty, but all of a sudden, they

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missed two. You feel for them, but well played, Italy. Justice was

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done. Pickard, togetherness, organisation, it can only take you

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so far. This was as far as England were capable of going. The

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outstanding player was Andrea Pirlo. He has got unbelievable quality.

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England could not match him. In 90 minutes, the Italians were better

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in virtually every area. That shows how far away England are from

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competing at the next level. shows that we are way behind some

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of the nations in world football. This Italian team was not renowned

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for their passing skills. They were renowned for organisation, being

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defensively solid. But we could not get near them, in the 90 minutes of

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the game, and extra time. This is our level, this is what we are. We

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are fifth, sixth, seventh in the world, we are behind Germany, Spain,

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Italy, Portugal. For when you come to this level, possession is caned.

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In the group stages and tonight, the biggest frailty has been in

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possession. We have given it away time and time again it. In this

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game, it was a conveyor belt of misplaced passes. But you cannot

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keep the ball, there is not a lot there for you. The Italians' best

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player on the ball is Andrea Pirlo, ours is Steven Gerrard, and Steven

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Gerrard chased them around all night. Andrea Pirlo had a cigar on.

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But technically, I think he is super. You have to give credit

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where it is due, he has always been a fabulous player. At the age of 33,

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he controlled a bad game, he dictated it, he picked it up and

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played it. -- controlled a bad game. Let's hear from Steven Gerrard.

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Heartbreak again for England, but you leave this tournament with your

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heads held high. We do, but it I just feel for the players, since

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day one, they have given absolutely everything. Today we did the same,

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I thought this time on a penalty shoot-out we might have got that

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bit of luck we needed, it wasn't to be. Did you think one Italy missed

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that and you went ahead in the shoot-out? I think any penalty

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shoot-out, when you get your nose in front, you are praying that you

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see it out, and it is your turn. But credit to Italy, they are re

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fantastic team, and they got the luck in the shoot-out. England had

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a lot of luck in 90 minutes, absorb a lot of pressure and defended

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magnificently. The lads at the back were fantastic tonight. Everyone

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has been great in training, every time we have come out, we have done

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the country proud. We go home again in heartbreak, which is difficult

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to take. Thanks for talking to us. He has been by far England's best

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player, but tonight he was chasing rather than dictating the play. He

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was up against one of the best players on the world on the ball,

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and his penalty kick was absolutely sensational! I don't think there

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are any complaints from anyone. The guys out there have given added,

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they have been courageous, given everything. But we are short, that

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is clear to see tonight. Despite the fact that the Italians missed

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He pulls it left, Montolivo. We are top of our seats, saying we are in

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with a ripe chance now. Two-to-one up. Then this one, what a political

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stop unbelievable. The bottle you need it to take a penalty like

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that... He had a bad one, actually. You just think, put your foot

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through it. I think that is the same side as where he came -- went

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on the Champions League final. I think Buffon had done his homework.

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He didn't hit it well. This is the winner. He kept his cool. Joe Hart,

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no chance. But as you say, justice was done, the best team have gone

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through. That is just Supreme confidence. That is unbelievable

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confidence. To do that, in that situation, with this crowd here,

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with the millions watching back home, that is unbelievable. But he

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gave a masterclass in technical ability. When you talk about short,

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long, picking up, playing it, making time and space the yourself

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on the ball, it was just a joy to watch. There is not a party hasn't

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hit, he has it everyone. -- a pass he hasn't hit. The disappointing

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thing for England is they didn't really give themselves a chance. We

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were chasing the ball virtually for the bustard majority of the game.

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There was one period in the game, from about the 5th minute, where

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England dominated the game, and in that period, could have taken the

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lead. We had one or two chances, but never really... We had Glen

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Johnson in the first few minutes, a very good save from Buffon, but

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other than that, the frustrating thing is, because you work so hard

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chasing the ball, you are so tired when you get it back, you have

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nowhere to go with it. So what you do is you get further and further

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back. You are right, the five to 20 minutes was the best bit, but then

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they had the best control of the game. All of a sudden... You have

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to remember, you are playing against a team that is trying to

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affect you, so you are playing well, all of a sudden, their best player,

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when you give the ball away, he starts... I never thought we got a

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Pirlo at all, or might. Sooner or later, I thought he was going to

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start to dominate. If you play 4-4- 2... That was the surprising thing,

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we highlighted Pirlo beforehand, we said, we have got to stop him, when

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he is on the ball, to get nearer to him. But Roy doesn't play that way,

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he plays a flat back four. You look at the Balotelli chance, he has

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gone about 20 yards, totally unchallenged, knowing that a player

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anywhere near him, and then he plays an inch-perfect ball over the

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top... You cannot afford to give a player of that quality... You have

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Steven Gerrard, you never saw him with 40 yards of space. It was a

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masterclass. He looks, great control, that is a hard ball to hit.

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It was coming. He picks it up here, and on the edge of the England half,

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spreads it, right to left. Steven Gerrard can't go to close him,

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because he has got a guy behind him, so they are always a man short.

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is asking an awful lot of Parker and Gerard in midfield. But why

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would you want Steven Gerrard 10 yards away from Parker? You want

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him further away, when he can affect the play. This is the

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Balotelli chance. Nobody is pressing the ball. There is no

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pressure on the ball at all. The danger is in behind, it is a great

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ball into Balotelli. A good first touch, John Terry does well to get

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back. With a guide of this ability, it is going to be impossible to

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stop him for 90 minutes. What we want to say is, can we get closer

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to him? He didn't cause that much damage against Croatia, he had his

:37:04.:37:08.

moments, but he didn't cause that much damage against Spain, he had

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his moments, but he ran the show tonight. Germany awake Italy now in

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the semi-final, let's talk to Jurgen Klinsmann. Firstly, the

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Italians, their performance? think they were far superior. What

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impressed bit was not only technically, they controlled the

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game, they outplayed England, but they were physically stronger, they

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were physically in better shape than income, that surprised me a

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little bit. I think they really deserve to to be into the semi-

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final, I expect a good clash with Germany now. What about England?

:37:48.:37:54.

Found wanting, yet again? I stayed positive throughout the game until

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the penalty shoot-out. I had hopes! But to be honest, they didn't

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deserve it, they really didn't deserve it, because they couldn't

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keep the tempo of the Italian side, they were not able to close spaces

:38:10.:38:14.

down, they looked tired, they looked like this was too big of a

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mountain to climb tonight. In that way, I think Italy deserves to move

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forward. Two days extra rest for Germany, Italians in the semi-final,

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you would anticipate Germany going through to the final? Absolutely

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not, I think this Italian side tonight really showed their

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qualities. They have qualities all over the place. It is going to be a

:38:37.:38:41.

very close game, and Germany know that. But they have a good run now,

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they are very confident, it is a game to play that is far open from

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the beginning. I am looking forward to it. It is sad that England has

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to go home. I'm looking forward to you joining us in the studio for

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that semi-final. Thanks very much. Commiserations, it is the cruellest

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way to leave a tournament, this campaign hasn't really had a

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familiar ring, it has been a different England, they fought hard

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tonight. I agree with that, it is nice of you to say so, I think it

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is true. I thought we were quite magnificent throughout, I have

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never seen such enormous support from the first whistle, and in the

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penalties, I was rather hoping that this might be our tournament to win

:39:31.:39:35.

on penalties, certainly be practising didn't help too much on

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this occasion. Maybe it is just feted at the moment that we don't

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win on penalties, but I can't fault any of the players. We had players

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running on empty, with very tired legs, are fighting off crammed.

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They kept us in it, but unfortunately Italy took the chance,

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not us. When Montolivo went wide, did you dare to believe? Of course,

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because the five penalty-takers we had are very good ones. We have

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been doing a fair amount in training, and Ashley Cole and

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Ashley Young have smashed in penalties on regular basis. It just

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makes my point all along that it is going to be an even bigger

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obsession in the country with penalties now, you can't

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unfortunately practice, you can't reproduce the tired legs, you can't

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reproduce the pressure, you can't reproduce the feeling of nervous

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tension. So they stood up to it better than we did. Pirlo's penalty

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is a classic example. You said you wanted to win it in 90 or 120

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minutes. England absorb a lot of pressure, and in the second half,

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chances. They did. I thought the chances were there for both teams,

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I thought we created some good chances ourselves. But it was

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always going to be a question of who took the chance, as extra time

:41:04.:41:10.

wore on, I thought we were tiring badly, they came at us time and

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time again. In some ways, you might have even preferred it if they had

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got a goal in that time when they were playing well, you might have

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felt it was less of a cruel way to lose than on penalties. But we have

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lost, we have gone out, but without losing again, we have gone out with

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our heads held high. I personally think the lads have done a

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fantastic job for the country and people have appreciated it. Pirlo

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was peerless today. Was the way he was able to distribute the

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difference? He was very good. I have worked with him in the past, I

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know what a good player he is, today he seemed to always find time

:41:51.:41:57.

and room, he very rarely wasted a pass. We worked hard to keep him in

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check. Obviously, a player of that quality, you can only keep him in

:42:01.:42:06.

check to a certain extent. He will find a way of keeping the ball.

:42:06.:42:10.

What do you take away from this tournament? You were thrown into it

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very quickly, tend training sessions, you exceeded many

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expectations. Now you have a World Cup qualifying campaign to look

:42:18.:42:23.

forward to. How do you go about beating atop nation in a knockout

:42:23.:42:29.

stage? I'm sure we shall. If this group of players continues to show

:42:29.:42:34.

the same degree of determination and will to be at team and to work

:42:34.:42:38.

so hard as a team, we have got quite a few players to come in two

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hours quite who will add to the competition -- to come in two-hour

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squad. I'm sure it will be soon pit when we beat a top nations. I think

:42:51.:42:55.

we have to keep building on the work we have done in this

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tournament and makes certain that the good things we have done,

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remain, and keep working on some of the aspect of our play where we can

:43:03.:43:06.

be a bit better. What is the most positive thing you are going to

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take away? I think the fans, probably. When you were close to a

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team, you take a lot of comfort and encouragement from the way they

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play, but the tournament, how kind the people have been in Poland and

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Ukraine, how enormously supportive the fans have been, if we can get

:43:30.:43:33.

an England team that get the fans behind them, we have got half a

:43:33.:43:43.
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chance. Thank you always giving us Roy, as dignified as ever. At the

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start of the competition, England were average. All the way through,

:43:54.:43:58.

they will average, but at the end, they are average, they have a long

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way to go. I always thought there oil strong groups and two weaker

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groups, and that is reflected with the groups in the semi-finals.

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had plenty of coverage, but we were found wanting again in the passing

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state, we are not as good as four or five other teams, and that is

:44:22.:44:27.

what we are, 5th or 6th best in the world. Waiting for a batch of young

:44:27.:44:31.

players. That is what we need, courage, a spirit, all of that you

:44:31.:44:35.

can direct at the England team. What Roy has done with the spirit

:44:35.:44:39.

of the team in this tournament, as in how they have gone through with

:44:39.:44:44.

a smile on their face, ultimately they fell short, I agree with the

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lads, that needs to improve. Somebody with the technical ability

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Gary Lineker presents live coverage of the Euro 2012 quarter-final between England and Italy in the Ukrainian city of Kiev.


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