England's penalty shoot-out misery continued in Kiev as they crashed out of Euro 2012 4-2 on penalties after the score against Italy was tied 0-0 after extra-time.
After Mario Balotelli's talk of Peter Pan, the semi-finals of a major tournament are becoming the equivalent of Never Never Land for the Three Lions. Six times now they have lost in such fashion, the last four at this stage of the competition.
This time it was the turn of Ashley Young and Ashley Cole to join the unhappy list of those whose nerve failed them when it mattered. Both men needed consoling as Italy began their celebrations as, outplayed for long periods of an absorbing game, all England's defensive effort proved in vain.
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