England v Italy - We go home unbeaten says Hodgson
Published: 24 Jun 2012 - 23:17:31
England coach Roy Hodgson said his side had given their all at Euro 2012 and that the elimination to Italy was nothing to be ashamed of.
"We've gone out without being beaten with our heads held high and making the country proud," he told BBC television.
"Both Ashleys were knocking in the penalties in practice but in reality practice doesn't translate into the real thing as you can't take into account energy levels that are run down, tired legs and minds.
The English only gave Hodgson the job as coach at the end of the season and his squad suffered a string on injury withdrawals ahead of the finals.
However England won Group D ahead of France, Ukraine and Sweden to make the cut for the quarters, where they were beaten 4-2 on penalties.