England fans are packing their bags and heading home after last night’s 4-2 penalty defeat to Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-final.

The match was level at 0-0 after 120 minutes, before Ashley Young and Ashley Cole failed to convert from the spot, handing Cesare Prandelli’s side a shootout victory in Kyiv.

It’s a result that means Italy join Spain, Germany and Portugal in the last four of the competition, with two teams from both Group B and Group C making it to the semi-final stage.

Spain booked their place in the next round with a 2-0 win over France, as Xabi Alonso struck twice to send France packing.

Portugal beat Czech Republic 1-0 in their match on Thursday night, whilst Germany smashed Greece 4-2 in convincing fashion.

Phillip Lahm scored the first goal for Joachim Loew’s side on Friday night, and confidence is understandably high within the camp ahead of their clash with the Italians on Thursday night.

“We have beaten some of the big nations and this is one of the clearest signals that we have been able to send out. We are just fortunate to have a great mix of robust players, physically strong but at the same time technically gifted,” said the defender.

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