Defender Joleon Lescott believes England are moving in the right direction despite suffering more penalty shoot-out despair in their Euro 2012 quarter-final with Italy.

Roy Hodgson's side went the same way as the England teams in the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cups plus the 1996 and 2004 Euros in exiting tournaments on penalties, but Everton player Lescott is not of the viewpoint that England over-achieved in reaching the last eight before being beaten 4-2 on spot-kicks after a goalless 120 minutes.

He said: "A lot was made before the tournament about how far we could get and in every performance we have shown pride and passion and that is what the England fans wanted to see. It is disappointing to be going home but, as soon as we've licked our wounds, we can look back and feel we've made the nation proud."

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