England went into their World Cup qualifier against Moldova tonight with the third best passing record in the Uefa part of qualifying, behind only Germany and Spain.

<b>Jack Wilshere</b><br/>
Despite having represented England on only five occasions, the 20-year-old Arsenal midfielder is already considered as a key first-team player and a future captain of the national team. Wilshere has missed almost the entire season with a stress fracture to his ankle and then the Achilles injury. He is also set to miss the unique opportunity to represent the Great Britain team at the Olympic football tournament.

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England's Joe Hart fails to stop the ball as Italy's Mario Balotelli scores past during the penalty shoot-out of their Euro 2012 quarter-final match

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The manager changes, the players come and go but the dull ache of predictability that accompanies yet another gut-wrenching defeat on penalties, stays the same. If there was any consolation last night then it was that at least England deserved to lose this game.

England supporters watch the drama unfold in Kiev’s fan zone last night

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England were knocked out of a major tournament on penalties once again after their Euro 2012 dreams were ended by Italy in Kiev tonight.

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli

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Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is confident the hunger of his players is all they need to see them through their Euro 2012 campaign.

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Mario Balotelli of Italy scores his second goal against Ireland

Cassano and Balotelli send Italy into last eight

Italy 2 Republic of Ireland 0

Mario Mandzukic of Croatia scores the opening goal past Gianluigi Buffon of Italy

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Defiant Italy coach Cesare Prandelli insists the Azzuri still have every chance of qualifying for the Euro 2012 knockout stages despite having to settle for their second consecutive Group C draw.

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The Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni at the Euro 2012 draw. His side will have their work cut out to emerge from a group of Spain, Italy and Croatia

Spain, Italy...the luck of the draw deserts Ireland

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AC Milan have confirmed that Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has joined the club on loan until next summer, with an option to extend his stay until June 2014.

Milan ponder move for Aquilani

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has admitted his interest in the Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani. The Italy international has been expected to leave Anfield all summer but has yet to move, with Fiorentina looking his most likely destination recently.

Aquilani has not been approached by AC Milan, says agent

The agent of Alberto Aquilani has denied reports in Italy that his client has been approached by AC Milan.

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