PAYING THE PENALTY ... England's players are distraught after shootout exit
SunSport asked Joachim Low why it was that England usually end up going home before his Germans in major tournaments.
And, as Low prepared for his side’s Euro 2012 semi-final against England’s conquerors Italy tonight, he argued that Roy Hodgson’s men are an improvement on Fabio Capello’s World Cup side.
Boss Low, who guided Germany to a 4-1 win over the Three Lions in South Africa, said: “The English were much better in this tournament than in 2010.
“When they played us then, they were a team who had a lot of problems. They were a very well organised team in this competition.
“Roy Hodgson has brought order into the side and has done a great job.
“England will develop under him in the next few years and, in the next tournament, they will play a better role than they did here and certainly than they did out in South Africa.”
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|