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Brazil 2014

England-Italy: Quotes

England manager Roy Hodgson (L) and head coach Cesare Prandelli of Italy
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Cesare Prandelli, Italy coachDespite the heat, both sides were able to put on a good spectacle, and they deserve credit for that. Our approach was clear: we don’t have explosive players like England do. With that in mind, our aim was to make the most of our technical ability. In the first half we had control of the game and on several occasions were able to get the ball to our attacking players between the two defensive lines. Of course we have good alternatives that can help us change our way of playing but, in general, that’s our philosophy.

Roy Hodgson, England coach
It was a disappointing result. It’s hard to look on the bright side when you lose - you need time to let it sink in. My first impression is that we did some things very well and had some good individual performances, but unfortunately we conceded that second goal. Even after that we had chances to score, but we couldn’t manage it. That said, I know my players gave their all and, who knows, next time those same chances might end up in the net. If we can play like that in the next two games I think we have a good chance of getting good results. It must be said too that our young lads all played very well and I can only take positives from the game, with the exception of the result of course.