England coach Roy Hodgson was proud of his players after Euro2012.
Hodgson insists he was proud of his England teamâ€™s efforts.
But he did admit: â€śMaybe the quarter-final against Italy was a bridge too far.
â€śWe ran out of legs a bit in the final part and didnâ€™t keep the ball as well as we should have done. But it was a valiant effort to take the game to penalties.
â€śThere was a brief period in the first half when we showed what we could do â€” but we couldnâ€™t keep that up. Getting to penalties was the best we could do.
â€śI donâ€™t think we could have done much more. The playersâ€™ focus couldnâ€™t have been better and the effort couldnâ€™t have been better.
â€śIn the first half against Italy that showed. At half-time I didnâ€™t see any reason to believe we couldnâ€™t win the game.
â€śBut in the second half and extra-time it was obvious they were in the ascendancy and we were thankful for some magnificent defending to make sure we stayed in the game.â€ť