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In case you spent last night in a cave, the following headlines and editorials refer to an England defeat on penalties at Euro 2012.

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In case you spent last night in a cave, the following headlines and editorials refer to an England defeat on penalties at Euro 2012.

THE DAILY MIRROR

Front page: KNOW HOW ROO FEEL

Back page: ASHES TO ASHES

Verdict: Forget the penalty shoot-out. It's irrelevant. Flee from comparisons with the end of the doomed epics in Turin and St Etienne. They don't work. And don't kid yourself England are out of Euro 2012 because Ashley Young hit a crossbar. Or because Gianluigi Buffon made a save. No, let's be honest. England shouldn't have got anywhere near a penalty shoot-out here at the Olympic Stadium last night. It was a miracle they even took their quarter-final against Italy to extra-time. (Oliver Holt)

THE DAILY MAIL

Front page: IT ALWAYS ENDS IN PENALTIES... IT ALWAYS ENDS IN TEARS

Back page: CRASH

Verdict: Pirlo set Italy apart. It is testament to England’s determination that it needed penalties to separate the sides, but the next stage of the evolution under Hodgson cannot find solace in turning a mismatch into a lottery.

Hodgson must try to locate England’s Pirlo: but unless Gerrard can be reinvented or Wilshere revived it may be as well to also prepare for more nights like this. (Martin Samuel)

THE TIMES

Front page: A BEGINNING, A MUDDLE AND AN END: AN ORDINARY TEAM BOWS OUT

Back page: HEX MARKS THE SPOT: PENALTY HOODOO RETURNS FOR ENGLAND

Verdict: There was a time when the English could still find it in themselves to laugh about their penalty shoot-out woes. It was almost an unwritten rule in the 1990s that if you missed a spot-kick for England in a leading tournament, you had to take part in a Pizza Hut advert. But as England face up to the failure of yet another harrowing trial from 12 yards at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev last night, the time for poking fun at our shortcomings felt like it had long passed. (James Ducker)

THE GUARDIAN

Front page: ENGLAND PAY THE PENALTY YET AGAIN

Back page: ENGLAND PENALTY WOE

Verdict: Not that this campaign should be deemed a failure. Far from it. A certain amount of pride has been restored, particularly with those wins in the group stage, and shoots of progress are very much in evidence. The youngsters may have departed the turf at the end here in tears, but they will have learned from these experiences. There is promise to be found in this squad's youth. (Dominic Fifield)

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THE SUN

Front page: ANYONE FOR TENNIS?

Back page: ASHES TO ASHLEYS

Verdict: But, in the end, justice was seen to be done. They wouldn’t have got close to beating the Germans, anyway. So, painful as defeat was last night, it could have been considerably worse on Thursday. We were probably spared a right hammering. (Steven Howard)

THE INDEPENDENT

Front page: ENGLAND PAY THE PENALTY YET AGAIN

Back page: SAME OLD STORY

Verdict: In the end it had become excruciating for the manager Roy Hodgson, who for some weeks now has been attempting to do what so many deemed impossible. Excruciating but filled with the possibility of undreamed glory. For a few moments it looked as though he had done it but he hadn't. (James Lawton)

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Front page: ENGLAND’S EURO DREAM SHATTERED

Back page: NOT AGAIN!

Verdict: Out in Poland and Ukraine Hodgson has preached a return to basic values. It has not always been glamorous but then after the disarray at the World Cup in South Africa it did not need to be. All that was needed was for Hodgson to show that the players believed in him, that he could begin to restore the hunger and humility that they had lost. In that he has exceeded expectations. (Duncan White)

THE DAILY STAR

Front page: CURSE OF THE PENALTY

Back page: SICK ASH A PARROT

Verdict: What summed it up best was Pirlo’s wonderful penalty, a chip that just flipped over Joe Hart. That’s how to handle pressure. Yes, I feel sick again, although the realisation is that England deserved to go out last night. We remain a long way off the best. (Brian Woolnough)

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DAILY EXPRESS

Front page: ENGLAND’S EURO 2012 DREAM ENDS

Back page: ROY’S DREAMS LEFT IN ASHES

Verdict: Roy Hodgson hardly left his dug-out here last night. Cesare Prandelli, the Italian coach, hardly sat down. It was surely because Hodgson was watching what he had expected to see all along and knew that England would have to scrape and survive against a better team once more at this tournament of unexpected hope. (John Dillon)

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TUTTOSPORT

Front page: WE ARE LIONS!

GAZZETTA DELLO SPORT

Front page: AND ON WE GO! GERMANY NEXT

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