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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.

Mesut Ozil has been a key man for Germany

Ozil promises to step out of shadows against Italy

It is, as Arsène Wenger might say, "money time". For all the intrigue of the group stages, it is generally from the quarter-finals on that the players who define tournaments take command.

Mesut Ozil has been a key man for Germany

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil promises to step out of the shadows against Andrea Pirlo's Italy in Euro 2012 semi-final

Playmaker will always put Germany first but semi-final brings chance to state his case

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

Euro 2012: England head home as penalty jinx strikes yet again

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

How the penalty drama unfolded

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

Roy Hodgson speaks to Scott Parker during training in Kiev

England building Chelsea-style spirit says Scott Parker

England's players are increasingly confident they can 'do a Chelsea' at the European Championship, according to Scott Parker.

Andrea Pirlo's form has been rejuvenated by a switch to Juventus

Glenn Moore: Azzurri show lighter side to overcome Italy's dark arts

Cesare Prandelli's blend of traditional strengths and a positive approach will present a tough challenge, says Glenn Moore

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli

Cesare Prandelli backs Italy to show quality in later rounds

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

Mario Balotelli of Italy scores his second goal against Ireland
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

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli confident of Euro 2012 progress

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.

Mario Mandzukic (left) is congratulated after scoring Croatia's equaliser
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

Trapattoni's team face an uphill struggle in a group of two world champions

AC Milan confirm Alberto Aquilani loan deal

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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