Once the England squad believed they could win the Euro 2012 tournament they were doomed to fail as while underdog’s expectations were lower and less pressure on the players. The hoodo of penalty shoots are worse enough without the younger players such as Joe Hart saying we could win the tournament.
Throughout the competition England relied on the midfield pairing of Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker but without adequate cover the demands were high, expecting both players to play twice weekly together with the extra travelling required with a Poland base took its toll. Injuries to Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry gave Roy Hodgson little options as both players were heroic in filing the gap.
Italy's Andrea Pirlo was the outstanding performer as Italy eliminated England on penalties in the Kiev quarter-final with all square at 0-0 after 120 minutes.
"I think England played in a very prudent and careful way," he said.
"They were sitting back for the match like Chelsea did in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich."
"They tried to keep that same shape. For them going to a penalty shoot-out was already a good result."
The 33-year-old Juventus star admitted the nonchalance of his penalty may have switched the momentum back in Italy's favour as they went on to win 4-2 after Ashley Young and Ashley Young missed for England.
"Joe Hart seemed to be very confident in himself and it seemed to be a psychological blow. I needed to do something to beat him."
As they say in Football you never win anything with youth, let hope the new era begins now under Roy Hodgson as he proves to the world that his young stars will only benefit from the experience.