Bonucci believes England's negative approach contributed to keeping Wayne Rooney quiet.
"In terms of what was seen on the pitch, Italy certainly deserved to qualify, as we played more, created more and were more of a team," he said of the quarter-final win on penalties.
"The penalties can be a lottery, but Gigi Buffon and the takers did well to keep their cool.
"Andrea Pirlo put a bit of pressure on with that scooped spot-kick, but we got through! If the penalties had gone to sudden death, I would've been the next up."