Roy Hodgson defends his men after Englandís sorrowful exit from Euro 2012

6/25/12 in Soccer   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

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The England manager Roy Hodgson was extremely disappointed after his sides exit from Euro 2012 following a 4-2 penalty shootout. Roy Hodgson also defended England’s preparation for penalties and advised other national teams to settle the game before penalty shoot outs to avoid further heartbreak in the tournament.
In his news conference after the game, Roy Hodgson told reporters that his men had prepared well for the game. England’s performance against Italy was impressive only defensively. The Englishmen threw their bodies in front of the goal to block dozens of shots from the Italians.
Roy Hodgson admitted that he gave the Italians a taste of their own medicine by copying their tactics in the game. Sadly, his approach only kept the Italian from scoring during the 90 minutes and the Extra time.
Ashley Cole and Ashley Young failed to convert their penalties into goals. The second half substitute Alessandro Diamanti came in for the final penalty kick and scored to win a spot for Italy in the semifinals.
The former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was full of praise for the Italian midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo. The Juventus player, Andrea Pirlo was an inspiration for the Italian throughout the game. Later, Andrea Pirlo also scored on in penalty kick using the famous “Panenka” technique.
“I think nothing you can do will ever prepare you for the moment,” Roy Hodgson said. “The fact is what can possibly prepare you for those types of things?
“We practiced, we talked about it. We knew where their penalty takers were going to put their shots. We did all the things one could possibly do from a professional point of view but it still doesn’t change the fact that Andrea Pirlo has the incredible confidence at that level of football to do a Panenka chip over the goalkeeper, whereas our players were desperately trying to do the penalties they practiced.
“Unfortunately it didn’t come off. Maybe we’ve got to get a bit better at both games, maybe we’ve got to get better at the 90-minute game in tournaments so we can beat teams during the 90 minutes. If we can’t beat teams during the 90 minutes maybe we’ve got to get better at the next game [penalty shoot-outs].”
According to news from England, Roy Hodgson will keep his job as the England manager. Meanwhile, Italy start their preparation to play against Germany in the semifinal on Thursday.
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