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Jermain Defoe says he is driven by summer tragedies

Summer of sadness is driving me, insists Spurs striker Defoe

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22:16 GMT, 4 September 2012

From the darkness of personal tragedy comes Jermain Defoe, a new man and a new footballer with a determination to savour every second of his career at the top.

It has been a sad summer for Defoe, first the death of his father at the age of 49 and then his cousin, just days before her 21st birthday and it has, he believes, changed his outlook on life and football.

‘I am living the dream,’ said Defoe. ‘When I was a kid I always wanted to play for my country and now I am here I will enjoy it. That’s it. Life is short. While you are here it is important to enjoy the good times.

Driven: Jermain Defoe wants to enjoy every moment at the top

Driven: Jermain Defoe wants to enjoy every moment at the top

‘When you are young nothing is more
important than football but as you get older, you get married, have kids
and lose people. Then you realise your family is more important. This
comes with age.

‘Family is important, especially when you have lost your dad and your cousin. It’s normal to think like that.’

As Defoe prepared for the European
Championships at England’s training base in Hertfordshire, in May, he
would visit his father Jimmy each day in hospital in West London, where
he was being treated for throat cancer.

The squad were in Krakow, in Poland,
when he died, just a few days before England played France in their
opening game of the tournament. Defoe flew home before returning for the
game in Donetsk and came on as a second-half substitute.

He flew home for the funeral after the
final group game against Ukraine and then joined the team again for the
quarter-final against Italy in Kiev.

‘It happens in life,’ said Defoe. ‘You
get disappointments in life and then everything turns good but it has
been difficult for my family. It’s been hard, especially with my dad.

‘From day one, when he was diagnosed, I
was with him from the first meeting in the hospital. I am only 29 and
to deal with that was quite difficult. I had to tell dad: “It will be
okay and be positive, keep praying and have faith”.

‘We had a training camp and every
afternoon I got a car to go to the Royal Marsden, where I’d spend a few
hours with my dad. The manager said: “Make sure you see your dad every
afternoon and be back for the meetings.” That was really nice.

Keep the faith: Defoe told his dad to stay positive

Keep the faith: Defoe told his dad to stay positive

‘I’ve always known about cancer but to
be around someone who has cancer and to see what it does in such a
short space of time was mad. It makes you think about your life.

‘I have a big family and we have
always been close. It does make you think about life and what is
important. If you have an argument with someone and you sulk, sometimes
you don’t want to speak to them. But it is important to keep your
friends close to you and do the right things.’

It was not the first time the family
had been hit with tragedy. Two years ago, Defoe’s half-brother Jade was
killed in a street attack at the age of 26. Then the curse struck again.

Defoe was on tour with Tottenham in
the United States when he heard of his cousin Hannah’s fatal accident.
She had been on holiday in the Caribbean when she jumped into a swimming
pool and was electrocuted.

‘I have never heard of that before,’
said Defoe. ‘She was only 20 and when that happened you start to ask:
Why is this happening You have to be strong. I was in America and had
to fly home again to be with my family. It has been hard.

History: Defoe's family has been hit by tragedy before

History: Defoe's family has been hit by tragedy before

‘The only time I am really at peace is
when I am training and playing. Obviously when you are on your own you
start thinking stuff. You think about your life. You don’t know for sure
whether you will be here tomorrow.’

When Defoe scored the winner in last
month’s friendly against Italy, in Switzerland, he dedicated the goal to
Hannah. It would have been her 21st birthday on the day of the game.

It was his 16th goal for his country
in only 17 starts but it was his 49th appearance overall and he will
take great pride if he reaches the half-century in Moldova on Friday.

With Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney
out, he might start for the first time in two years, since he suffered
an ankle injury in Switzerland four days after he struck a thrilling
hat-trick against Bulgaria at Wembley.

‘To win 50 caps would mean the world,’
said Defoe. ‘It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while,
speaking with my family and stuff. It’s a good achievement. Not many
players can say they’ve done that.

‘I can remember the first one, coming on against Sweden away when we lost 1-0, and my first start in Poland, when I scored.

‘It’s been ups and downs. At times it
has been frustrating and I’ve had great moments. Scoring the hat-trick
for my country was fantastic and 50 caps is a dream.’

Euro 2012: England head home after penalty shootout defeat to Italy

Coming home: Gerrard vows to carry on as captain as England get set to leave Poland after Euro 2012 quarter-final shootout agony

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12:40 GMT, 25 June 2012

England are heading home from the European Championships following their penalty shootout heartbreak at the hands of Italy.

The Three Lions have left their Krakow base after Sunday night's agonising quarter-final defeat.

Speaking at this afternoon's press conference, a visibly dejected Steven Gerrard insisted he will not walk away as captain

Dejected: Hodgson attempts to put a brave face on England's exit but the pain was evident in captain Gerrard

Dejected: Hodgson attempts to put a brave face on England's exit but the pain was evident in captain Gerrard

In the spotlight: Gerrard and Hodgson prepare to face the media following Sunday's exit from Euro 2012

In the spotlight: Gerrard and Hodgson prepare to face the media following Sunday's exit from Euro 2012

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Gerrard said: 'I think performance wise I am reasonably satisfied but it still doesn't crack over the pain and hurt.

'I'm in a zone of frustration and disappointment because we came so close to ending the quarter-final hoodoo.

'I've loved every minute of it. I
gave it my best shot. I've had a brief chat with the manager, I'm available as long as I'm wanted at this level. The manager has told me he wants me to continue and carry on.'

'I think the supporters will agree that we played for the shirt and we gave it a lot of effort.'

Gerrard admitted England had not played the best football at Euro 2012 and needed to work harder at retaining the ball.

Paying the penalty: Ashley Cole missed a spot-kick during England's last-eight defeat

Paying the penalty: Ashley Cole missed a spot-kick during England's last-eight defeat

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Ashley Young

London calling: John Terry and Ashley Young depart their Krakow base on Monday afternoon

End of the road: Hodgson's England have been eliminated from the European Championships

End of the road: Hodgson's England have been eliminated from the European Championships

Staying put: Gerrard has vowed to keep the armband on the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Staying put: Gerrard has vowed to keep the armband on the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

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Gerrard said: 'At times the football hasn't been fantastic, we haven't blown people away.

'The possession stats speak for themselves. Moving forward as a nation we do need to improve with the ball.'

Despite the less-than-impressive performance, Gerrard was happy he and his colleagues had not come up short for effort.

'Everyone has given everything they've got and that's all you can ask for,' he added. 'I think we've performed to a better level at this competition than in previous tournaments.'

The Azzurri dominated possession and
hit the post twice, and although England were able to keep them at bay
for 120 minutes, the failure of Ashley Young and Ashley Cole to convert
their shoot-out kicks led to an another last-eight exit for England.

Hodgson drew comparison with the Germany team of 2006, who also suffered defeat to Italy – albeit in the semi-finals of the World Cup – early on in their rebuilding mission.

Waving goodbye: Walcott came on as a second-half substitute but had little effect on the outcome of the result

Waving goodbye: Walcott came on as a second-half substitute but had little effect on the outcome of the result

Gutted: England captain Steven Gerrard arrives with the squad back at the Stary Hotel in Krakow on Monday

Gutted: England captain Steven Gerrard arrives with the squad back at the Stary Hotel in Krakow on Monday

The England manager hopes his side
can emulate a team which has progressed through to the semi-finals of
Euro 2012, where they will face Italy on Thursday.

Hodgson hopes his side can make enough progress to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

'We have to keep working hard to
bridge any gap that might exist at the moment between ourselves and
teams like Spain and Germany,' said Hodgson.

Tough break: Ashley Cole missed from the spot in England's penalty shootout defeat

Tough break: Ashley Cole missed from the spot in England's penalty shootout defeat

'We saw with the German team at the
2006 world Cup they went into the finals highly unfancied with a new
coach and with a lot of new young players.

'We've seen how well they've kicked
on from 2006. We have to take heart from that. I like to think there's
good reason for optimism.'

Heartbreak: Young failed to convert from the spot and is consoled by Gerrard

Heartbreak: Young failed to convert from the spot and is consoled by Gerrard

Italian job: England were beaten on penalties as Italy lined up a semi-final showdown with Germany on Thursday

Italian job: England were beaten on penalties as Italy lined up a semi-final showdown with Germany on Thursday

Euro 2012: England didn"t deserve to beat Italy – Harry Redknapp

England didn't deserve to beat Italy… it would have been an injustice, claims Redknapp

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08:25 GMT, 25 June 2012

Harry Redknapp believes it would have been an 'injustice' had England beaten Italy on penalties in Sunday night's quarter-final clash.

The Three Lions crashed out of the European Championships after Ashley Young and Ashley Cole failed to convert their spot-kicks.

But England had been on the backfoot for long periods of the game with the Italians having 36 shots to England's nine and eight on target to England's paltry one.

Crashing out: England suffered more penalty agony on Sunday

Crashing out: England suffered more penalty agony on Sunday

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'It would have been an injustice if we'd won,' Redknapp, who was favourite to land the job before Hodgson's appointment, told The Sun.

'They had twice as many touches as us. Roy Hodgson did the best he could with that squad. The players couldn't have given any more. I'm naturally sad that we didn't go through and I was shocked by how good Italy were.

Centre of attention: Pirlo took charge of the game for Italy

Centre of attention: Pirlo took charge of the game for Italy

'What this could do is provide a lesson for everyone about how to be a force at international level.

'With Andrea Pirlo in there it was extremely tough for our boys to make an impact.'

Redknapp has now urged Hodgson to build his team around stricken Arsenal ace Jack Wilshere.

Back home: Gerrard arrives with the rest of the England squad at their Krakow base in the early hours of Monday morning

Back home: Gerrard arrives with the rest of the England squad at their Krakow base in the early hours of Monday morning

The 20-year-old missed the entirety of last season through injury but Redknapp reckons he'll be key to England's future.

'From the starting XI, (Danny) Welbeck was the only young player on show,' the former Tottenham boss added.

'Other than that it was a pretty experienced side, which is no surprise. The match showed that the way forward points to a man like Jack Wilshere.

'His absence was keenly felt because he can be like Italy's Pirlo and can certainly dictate play the way Italy's experienced man did.

'Not having the young Arsenal playmaker available shows how much value he could be to England.'

EURO 2012: Roy Hodgson backs England to make history and knock out Italy

My history boys! This time we'll knock out one of the big guns, says England boss Hodgson

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23:10 GMT, 22 June 2012

Roy Hodgson wants to make history and guide England to their first tournament knockout-stage victory over a major footballing nation away from Wembley.

The England manager sees Sunday night's European Championship quarter-final against Italy as a chance to kill ‘a nasty statistic’.

One statistic dismissed by Hodgson was that the UEFA prize-money for winning the tournament could be 19million.

Pointing the way forward: Roy Hodgson with Gary Neville on Friday

Pointing the way forward: Roy Hodgson with Gary Neville on Friday

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In finishing top of their group with two victories, England have already banked 10.1m for the FA.

But Hodgson insisted: 'It's the last thing on the players’ minds. It would be nice to see a medal hanging round our necks instead.'

Sunday night in Kiev is about history for the England boss, who is expected to name the same team that started against Ukraine.

'It would put one of those nasty statistics to rest, he said. 'It would be a great step forward, no question of that.

'At West Brom I was lucky enough to put some hoodoos to bed. That’s the only way to do it.’

Getting ready: Wayne Rooney. Danny Welbeck, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Young during training in Krakow on Friday

Getting ready: Wayne Rooney. Danny Welbeck, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Young during training in Krakow on Friday

Hodgson said he did not want to ‘burden’
his players too much. ‘I’m excited by the whole thing,’ he added. ‘But
this is not really something I want to burden the players with. I’m not
going to add to the pressure by saying, “Oh, and by the way, you can be
historic”.’

‘Like the rest of the country, we dream. We dream of doing well and winning matches, so let’s just try and win the game.

‘The thoughts are all positive. We will be ready. We’ll go for the result. We believe we’re a good team and we’ll go out and play well. That’s the simple thinking.’

Preparing for the big one: Scott Parker and John Terry during training

Preparing for the big one: Scott Parker and John Terry during training

Hodgson said only if the match moves into extra time will he then nominate his five penalty-takers.

‘I don’t anticipate the game going to a penalty shootout,’ he said. ‘I’m an optimist. I anticipate us winning the game in 90 minutes.’

One of those takers is expected to be Steven Gerrard, who has excelled as England captain during this tournament.

Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson insists
Gerrard has come good as his country’s leader, saying: ‘Steven has been a
fantastic player for many years, but with the armband I think he feels
he needs to step up a tiny bit more, and he’s done it more than anyone
so far.’

All eyes on you, Glen: Johnson at the Hutink Stadium in Krakow ahead of this weekend's showdown with Italy

All eyes on you, Glen: Johnson at the Hutink Stadium in Krakow ahead of this weekend's showdown with Italy

There is a new wave of optimism around the England camp now and Johnson added: ‘Any team in the tournament has got a chance of winning it.

‘The first objective was to get out of the group, we did that very well, so now it’s a one-off game and in a one-off game you can beat anyone.’

Another one-off is Mario Balotelli but Hodgson has told his players not to target the Italy striker.

‘I’m too much the purist coach to go along that line,’ he said.

EURO 2012: Ashley Cole says England are "bulldogs"

Love in the air for Roy's 'bulldogs' as England prepare for Italy clash

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23:10 GMT, 22 June 2012

Ashley Cole says England are '11 bulldogs fighting for each other’ as they prepare to face Italy on Sunday night in Kiev.

Manager Roy Hodgson embraced Cole, who will win his 98th cap in the Euro 2012 quarter-final, in training on Friday, a moment which symbolised the squad’s togetherness.

Togetherness: Roy Hodgson and Ashley Cole during England training on Friday

Togetherness: Roy Hodgson and Ashley Cole during England training on Friday

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Cole also told the BBC of the players' passion for singing the national anthem.

'It’s massive,’ he said. 'When you’ve got all the England fans singing it as well it gives you goose bumps.

'It’s something we’re proud to sing. It gives you a buzz and lifts you for the game.’

All smiles: Ashley Cole cut a happy figure on Friday

All smiles: Ashley Cole cut a happy figure on Friday

Cole is also mindful that he is closing on a major personal landmark with England.

'I’ve been lucky enough to play 97 times and hopefully, you never know, I will get to 100 in the final, which would be amazing, it’s what little kids’ dreams are made of.

Preparing for Italy: England trained in Krakow ahead of a big weekend in Kiev

Preparing for Italy: England trained in Krakow ahead of a big weekend in Kiev

'I wouldn’t have believed that when I was a 16 year-old coming through the Arsenal youth team. I just love football. I’ve always enjoyed doing it. Being outside with my mates, getting really muddy and dirty and smelly. It’s something I always loved.

'Of course, when you’re in the youth team at any club you watch the first team and want to emulate them and be those players. I’m so lucky to have had the career I’ve had and play with so many amazing players.'

Euro 2012: Joe Hart saves Mario Balotelli penalty in Manchester City training

Shootout boost for England ahead of Italy showdown… Hart SAVES a Balotelli penalty

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11:43 GMT, 22 June 2012

England fans have got to the point where they would rather a game was decided on a coin toss rather than a penalty shootout, but don’t write off their hopes just yet.

With England preparing to face Italy in Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final, encouraging footage has emerged of Three Lions goalkeeper Joe Hart SAVING a penalty from Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli.

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And he saves it: Joe Hart stops Mario Balotelli's effort from the spot during a Manchester City training session last season

And he saves it: Joe Hart stops Mario Balotelli's effort from the spot during a Manchester City training session last season

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The Italian recovered in a training session last season for the Premier League champions to net past Hart twice.

But there may not be room for second chances this weekend.

In another boost for England, Hart also showed his neat footwork from the penalty spot by wrong footing a keeper to convert from 12 yards.

Hands on: Hart warms up for Sunday's quarter-final showdown against Italy at England's base in Krakow

Hands on: Hart warms up for Sunday's quarter-final showdown against Italy at England's base in Krakow

With finishing like that, Roy Hodgson may have him in his select five if the last eight tie goes down to penalties, as England attempt to end a run of four successive shoot-out losses stretching back to when they beat Spain on spot-kicks in a Euro 96 quarter-final.

Hart, who has scored in an England Under 21 shootout victory, has already declared he wants to take one…

Euro 2012: England step up plans for Italy clash

Listen up, lads: Hodgson steps up plans for crushing Italy as England count down to Sunday's showdown

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09:59 GMT, 22 June 2012

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10:21 GMT, 22 June 2012

England returned to the training ground this morning to ramp up their preparations for Sunday's showdown with Italy.

Roy Hodgson delivered instructions for his troops at their Hutnik base in Krakow as they aim to secure a spot in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

England are confident that they can beat the Italians in the meeting at Kiev's Olympic Stadium.

Down to business: England boss Roy Hodgson speaks with his players at the Hutnik Stadium

Down to business: England boss Roy Hodgson speaks with his players at the Hutnik Stadium

It is the first full training session since beating Ukraine, and they will follow a pattern that worked well for them earlier in the week by training there again on Saturday before flying to Kiev for a walk-round the ground.

All 23 members of the squad took part – including Ashley Young, who suffered a knock to the shin in Tuesday's Group D win over Ukraine, and Jermain Defoe, who is back with the squad after flying home to attend his father's funeral.

It was impossible to glean England's likely starting line-up from a practise exercise between those wearing bibs and those not during the open part of the session, with players who started against Ukraine scattered among the two teams.

They are also planning to defeat Italy on a computer screen before they even get on the pitch.

Raring to go: England's players are enjoying life under the management of Hodgson

Raring to go: England's players are enjoying life under the management of Hodgson

All smiles: Wayne Rooney shares a joke in training as he prepares to take on Italy on Sunday

All smiles: Wayne Rooney shares a joke in training as he prepares to take on Italy on Sunday

Sportsmail has learned of the detail involved in Hodgson's plans to advance to the last four.

Such is the swift turnaround of games here, Hodgson must quickly revise for the next examination, preparing the players for the threat posed by the Italians.

That includes absorbing the information supplied by Ian Butterworth, a former Norwich and Nottingham Forest defender and the England scout who has watched all three of Italy's group games.

Meanwhile, Gary Neville and Ray Lewington are working with the two England video technicians, Andy Scoulding and Steve O'Brien.

Scoulding is Liverpool's head of technical analysis and worked with Hodgson at Fulham, too. O'Brien is the Football Association's senior football analyst.

Upbeat: Joe Hart relaxes at the England team hotel in the centre of Krakow

Upbeat: Joe Hart relaxes at the England team hotel in the centre of Krakow

They studied Italy's matches, not just here at Euro 2012 but prior to that, searching for weaknesses and seeking an edge.

All the information is then condensed and will be presented in a 20-minute team meeting with the players.

The presentations are slick in their delivery, the coaches using infra-red zappers to make their points with carefully edited DVD footage of the team they are playing.

The aim, as one FA official explained, is not to overload the players with too much information at one time.

'Whatever the outcome on Sunday night, we won't suffer for a lack of preparation,' said the official and this was echoed by England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Looking smart: England kit man Tom McKechnie prepares training kit at the team hotel in Poland

Looking smart: England kit man Tom McKechnie prepares training kit at the team hotel in Poland

Feeding ground: England head chef Tim De'Ath prepares lunch for the players on Thursday

Feeding ground: England head chef Tim De'Ath prepares lunch for the players on Thursday

'We're very well prepared,' said Hart. 'We know everything about all the teams we play against.' At times during a training session, Hodgson will direct a player much like a

Grandmaster moves a chess piece. It will be slow and precise, such is the England manager's meticulous approach; his attention to detail.

As well as his coaching drills, he will surprise his players by calling them together to tell a joke now and again.

The other day he told the fable of the scorpion and the frog; of how a scorpion persuades a frog to carry him across a river by pointing out that they will both drown if he stings him.

Except that the scorpion does sting the frog and with his last breath, paralysis setting in, the frog asks why.

'It's my nature,' says the scorpion before they both slip beneath the surface of the water.

Rivals: Italy, who are also based in Krakow, are stepping up their preparations

Rivals: Italy, who are also based in Krakow, are stepping up their preparations

The point The players were laughing too much to digest what Hodgson was saying. But right now it remains in England's nature to play a certain way and their boss is sticking to that plan.

He leaves the players in no doubt as to the role they must perform; both as individuals and as a team.

When it comes to the final team talk, in the dressing room before they head out into the tunnel, Hodgson keeps things very simple. He delivers a short, sharp speech to the group; a few rousing words.

By then, though, the work has been done, even if Hodgson has chosen to follow matches at this tournament in the way he would as a club manager.

There would be two recovery days after a game and it has been no different here, despite the short time to prepare between matches.

It is why those meetings – and the transfer of information to the players – is so important.

Euro 2012: Joe Hart ready to take penalty

Safe hands Hart ready to let his feet do the talking by taking penalty in Euro 2012 shootout

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12:07 GMT, 21 June 2012

England goalkeeper Joe Hart is ready to take a crucial penalty if it goes to a shootout against Italy.

The Manchester City star takes a fine spot-kick and is confident enough to step up for his country on the big occasion.

Ready: Joe Hart speaks during his press conference at the team in Krakow

Ready: Joe Hart speaks during his press conference at the team in Krakow

Ready: Joe Hart speaks during his press conference at the team in Krakow

Hart famously scored for England Under 21s in the shootout at the end of their European Championship semi-final victory in 2009. He also tucked on away against LA Galaxy last summer.

England take on Italy this Sunday for a place in the last four at Euro 2012.

Speaking at Thursday's press conference, Hart said: 'Hopefully it won't come to that (taking penalties) but I would back myself (to take a penalty) in a tournament. If penalties are required then so be it.'

VIDEO: Watch Hart score against LA Galaxy and Sweden….

Hart also revealed he practised taking penalties as much as the rest of the England squad.

When asked about how much, he said: 'As much as anyone else, I do like to take my penalties.'

Hart also confirmed he looked into how his opponents took penalties and that he would watch a video of the Italian players taking spot-kicks close to kick-off time on Sunday.

'I do my research, I know where all the Italian players put their penalties,' he said. 'I watch it (the video) on my own. I watch it quite late in the day.'

Composure: Hart scored from the penalty spot against Sweden in 2009

Composure: Hart scored from the penalty spot against Sweden in 2009

Composure: Hart scored from the penalty spot against Sweden in 2009

Hart admitted his Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli could be a danger if the striker plays for Italy in Kiev on Sunday.

Hart said: 'He could be a great threat, he's a great player.'

The England keeper backed defender and City team-mate Joleon Lescott to cope with Balotelli if the two face each other in the game.

'More importantly Joleon knows him. I've never actually played against the guy (Balotelli) but it would be a lot of fun,' he said.

Despite the interest surrounding Balotelli's off-filed antics, Hart insisted the focus of the England players would be on the game.

He said: 'We will just be concentrating on our game. I think Italy are a good side regardless of what team they put out.'

Comfortable: Joe Hart is happy to step up if the Italy match goes to a shootout

Comfortable: Joe Hart is happy to step up if the Italy match goes to a shootout

Hart also paid tribute to the small band of England fans who had backed the team in the 1-0 win over Ukraine in Donetsk which secured top place in Group D and set them up for a meeting with Italy.

'No matter how many there are the fans mean the world to you,' he said.

Hart also paid tribute to his team-mates after they exceeded the expectations of some to reach the last eight.

He said: 'It's obviously a great achievement, something we set out to do at the start of the tournament. I think we started well with the right idea and the right kind of game plans for each game. I think we've executed them well.

'Regardless of what some people thought that was nothing to do with the camp. There has been a group of people that's thought we would not do that well.'

Euro 2012: Bert van Marwijk faces Holland axe after exit

Bert on the brink: Van Marwijk set to pay price for early Holland exit

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08:34 GMT, 19 June 2012

Bert van Marwijk is fighting to keep his job, with the under-fire Holland coach facing the axe following their disastrous Euro 2012 campaign.

The disappointing Dutch failed to win a single game in Group B, soundly beaten by Denmark, Germany and Portugal to confirm their unexpected early elimination from the tournament.

And the inquest has begun as to why one of the pre-finals favourites and 2010 World Cup finalists crashed out before the last eight, with Van Marwijk the man called to blame.

Packing his bags: Van Marwijk faces a fight to keep his job as Holland boss

Packing his bags: Van Marwijk faces a fight to keep his job as Holland boss

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Now Van Marwijk, whose deal runs until 2016, must convince an unhappy Dutch FA that he is the man to lead the team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

However, he faces the sack amid reports that his relationship with key players has deteriorated beyond all repair.

Dutch football chief Bert van Oostveen will hold talks with Van Marwijk within the next fortnight and will decide the 60-year-old's fate ahead of their August 15 friendly against Belgium.

On his way: Van Marwijk leaves the Sheraton Hotel in Krakow on Monday after Holland's early Euro 2012 exit

On his way: Van Marwijk leaves the Sheraton Hotel in Krakow on Monday after Holland's early Euro 2012 exit

'The performance was unworthy of the orange shirt in terms of results,' Van Oostveen said.

'But it is not for nothing that we recently extended his contract until 2016.

'I cannot get into it too much so soon after the game. But I have received no signal that Van Marwijk wants to stop. The question is whether Bert is the man who can turn this situation around.'

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes Van Marwijk should not be sacked, while Wesley Sneijder believes he should be allowed to continue.

Stay put: Van der Vaart and Sneijder believe Van Marwijk should remain in charge

Stay put: Van der Vaart and Sneijder believe Van Marwijk should remain in charge

'He should remain in charge,' said Van der Vaart.

'He has not signed a contract for so long for nothing. I’m not going to kick a man when he is down.'

Sneijder added: 'We have all failed together and you cannot just blame the coach.

'I think he definitely has a future with the national team.'

Euro 2012: Wayne Rooney believes England can win tournament

It's my time! Returning Rooney plans to deliver glory for England at Euros

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22:30 GMT, 17 June 2012

Wayne Rooney is ready to end years of bitter disappointment at major tournaments and take Euro 2012 by storm.

Rooney will return to the England side against Ukraine on Tuesday night after serving his two-match ban and accepts that he failed to deliver at the last two World Cups.

'In international tournaments I haven't been good enough,' he said here on Sunday at their Polish base.

Seating plan: Rooney returns against Ukraine after sitting out first two games

Seating plan: Rooney returns against Ukraine after sitting out first two games

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'I hope I can put it right. I hope I can play and score because I feel there's more to come from me in tournament football. I'll be ready.'

Rooney believes England can 'go far', adding: 'We've got the squad, we're more organised than we have been for as long as I've been in the squad and we are hard to beat now.

'There's no reason why we can't go really far and be in with a shout of winning it. I think we're good enough to win it.'

Final preparations: England headed to their training base in Krakow ahead of the cash with Ukraine

Final preparations: England headed to their training base in Krakow ahead of the cash with Ukraine

Final preparations: England headed to their training base in Krakow ahead of the cash with Ukraine

Theo Walcott left training with a hamstring injury Roy Hodgson described as a 'major concern', which is likely to mean the manager sticking with James Milner.

'Theo felt the hamstring that kept him out for so long at the end of the season – an injury we were slightly concerned about when he joined up with us,' said Hodgson.

Worries about the state of a rain-sodden pitch in Donetsk have forced UEFA to stop both England and Ukraine using it this evening. Hodgson's squad will train in Krakow this morning before flying to Donetsk.

Fathers' Day: Rooney and wife Collen headed out with son Kai in the afternoon

Fathers' Day: Rooney and wife Collen headed out with son Kai in the afternoon

Fathers' Day: Rooney and wife Collen headed out with son Kai in the afternoon

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