England ended the Euros with 39% possession. Only the Greeks at 38% and Irish at 33% were worse. Against Italy, Joe Hart led the side with 85 touches. They managed only 2.8 shots per game. And while Roy Hodgson left satisfied they had played well enough, Glen Johnson came out of the match against Italy not only his country's best player but also willing to reflect honestly on how England's approach contributed to their departure:
"We definitely need to keep the ball a bit better and then, when we do go forward, we will be a bit fresher to cause them more problems. There were times when we gave it away too cheaply and, if we've got the ball, your opponents are working that bit harder. So the longer we keep the ball, the easier it is going to be for ourselves.
"Against Italy, because we didn't have it much, a lot of the lads were quite tired when we finally got hold of the ball and there were bits of lapses of concentration as a result. We weren't fresh enough to cause as much damage as we would have liked."