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Cesare Prandelli assures Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli over Italy future

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Police are investigating online racist abuse of two of England's black football stars after they missed penalty kicks in the Euro 2012 game against Italy.

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England have improved, says Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil refused to be drawn today on whether England's European Championship defeat to Italy simply spared them another thrashing by his Germany side.

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Captain Steven Gerrard admitted England had not played the best football at Euro 2012 and needed to work harder at retaining the ball following the quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy.

England manager Roy Hodgson 'doesn't begrudge Italians' victory

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