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Dream Ends For England's Heartbroken Fans
Heavy-hearted England fans expressed their frustration and sadness that Roy Hodgson's side has been forced out of Euro 2012.
Ever since the World Cup in 1990 the curse of the penalty shoot-out has followed supporters.
The Olympic Stadium in Kiev is now just the latest stage where the jinx has struck.
England fanatic Scott Shaw, from Warwick, has been on the road for three weeks attending every game in Euro 2012.
He told Sky News: "I'm genuinely heartbroken - I fully believed this was our time.
"I knew it would go to penalties, I didn't expect the Italians to win that though. Only England can lose having taken the lead in the shoot-out."
England fans streamed out of the Olympic stadium with their Euro 2012 journey now at an end.
Dave Swanley, from Chester, said: "As soon as it went to penalties I thought, 'Game over'.
"But to be fair the best team won and we've had a great time. People wrote the tournament off before it started but it's been brilliant."
As the whistle blew on the second half of extra time the England fans' chant of 'Hodgson's Barmy Army' rang out across the stadium.
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They were joined by Ukrainian fans in England shirts, many of whose faces were painted red and white.
Yuri Vasilyev, from Kiev, said: "As soon as Ukraine were knocked out I was praying for England. I am very sad for them now because people in England will blame them for this."
Christophe Roux, from Paris, was also rooting for England. "I know we're supposed to be rivals but with players like Rooney you have to respect England. He didn't make his mark tonight but I do think defensively England were brilliant."
Mike Barnsley, from Chester, spent £800 on a plane ticket to Kiev.
He told Sky News: "We came out here at the last minute because we thought something potentially great and new was about to happen with England, but tonight they proved nothing has changed.
"As usual we got ahead of ourselves - we were thinking about facing Germany in Warsaw when we should have focused on Italy."
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what do you think?
Never mind boys theres always next time.......
Same Old! Same Old! Gutted England went out last night but its always inevitable as there is no real pride with any England side, its always more about the MONEY! Lets face it - their just a bunch of unenthusiastic millionnaires kicking a ball about. kids can do better!!!!
Poor performance on the pitch lost them the game, penalties had nothing to do with it. We need to stop selecting egotistical, over-paid and over-pampered players. The standard of the premier league is blown out of all proportion and any skilled players are from other countries. Two steps forward would be to restrict foreign players to one or two per team and then drastically reduce players wages so playinf for pride and England actually means something
i dont think the premier league is over rated personally....i think the players for England are over rated but not the league,restricting players from other countries would only damage the league not improve the english players, we have more to gain from our young players learning from talented foreign players than having a majority english league
Well said Gavin. Only recently tv right were sold for 3 billion for the premier league. Best league in the world. Take the foreigners out and it would suffer hugely.
I think Roy Hodgson bottled it personally,why would you keep Rooney on for the full time,why not play the younger players when the older ones got tired? Roy this is on your head regardless of what anyone says once again we relied upon players that have proven time and again that they are not good team players and yet we keep picking this sorry bunch, time for a full out assault with all new blood get rid of the old players which is what Roy should have done for this competition and start to rebuild,Well done losers you make us all proud everytime you go on the pitch.............
Also why are the English fans so disapointed when we were warned we have no expectations for winning the taurnament before we left to play the games?
I have no sympathy whatsoever for these fans...what on earth did they expect. England performed as usual ....
Today is 27th June, 2012. The time is 14;32pm Have I missed something? THIS STORY IS OLD NEWS - ORANGE
It was only a dream.
Jan N Andy Oakley-Hills
Overpaid and over-rated players, Rooney is past it as is most of the team! They are not motivated by money, they already get paid (NOT EARN) too much. Get some aspiring youngsters out there, give a contract with strings attached to learning and earning, let their own talent show through instead of indoctrinating them with the same training formula, and then watch the dramatic results!! GUARANTEED FORMULA, HUNGRY YOUNG FOOTBALLERS WAITING FOR THEIR CHANCE, WAKE UP!!!!