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CHEER up, it’s not as bad as we thought — the Germans think we are actually getting better.
Posted Thursday, June 28, 2012 by The Sun

CHEER up, it’s not as bad as we thought — the Germans think we are actually getting better.
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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.”

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia