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Euro 2012: Captain Iker Casillas enjoys Spain's greatest moment

Published 02/07/2012

Iker Casillas of Spain
Iker Casillas of Spain
Spain's players celebrate with the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev
Spain's Fernando Torres holds up the trophy at the end of during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Spain's Fernando Torres, left, scores his side's third goal past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, right, during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Italy's Thiago Motta is carried off the pitch on a stretcher during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Italy's Mario Balotelli walks head-down during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
An Italian fan reacts at the Circus Maximus in Rome, during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Italy and Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Spanish fans celebrate during the viewing of Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Spain and Italy at the Fan Zone in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A Spain supporter cheers for his team ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Spain's Jordi Alba celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Italy's Andrea Pirlo reacts after Spain's Jordi Alba scored the second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Spain's Jordi Alba celebrates scoring his side's second goal as Italy's Leonardo Bonucci kicks the ball in anger during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Spain's Jordi Alba celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Italy's Leonardo Bonucci, left, ans Spain's Cesc Fabregas, right, challenge for the ball during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli gestures during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
An Italian fan looks on at the Circus Maximus in Rome, prior to the start of the Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Italy and Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Spain's players players celebrate with the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas lifts the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas lifts the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Spain's Juan Mata, left, and teammate Fernando Torres celebrate the fourth goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Spain won the match 4-0. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon walks off the pitch at the end of the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon walks off the pitch at the end of the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Spanish players celebrate after winning the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Spanish players celebrate their side's fourth goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spanish players celebrate after winning the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Spanish players celebrate their third goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Spanish players celebrate winning the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Spain's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Spain's Jordi Alba, second left, scores his side's second goal past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, right during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Italy's Mario Balotelli greets officials in the audience after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas and teammate Jordi Alba pose with the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, July 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Italian players stand dejected after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spain's Xabi Alonso holds up the trophy at the end of during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
The Spanish team celebrates winning the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Spain's Cesc Fabregas holds the trophy at the end of the the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev
Spanish players celebrate with the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Itlay was leading 2-0 at halftime. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Germany fans (L) and one Italian fan react to the second Italian goal against Germany at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to the second Italian goal against Germany at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans show their dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A Germany fan shows his dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans show their dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans show their dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react as the clock ticks down at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react as the clock ticks down at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to Germany's 1-2 loss against Italy at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate following the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to Germany's 1-2 loss against Italy at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate following the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to Germany's 1-2 loss against Italy at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate following the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Itlay was leading 2-0 at halftime. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans reacts while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: (L-R) Giorgio Chiellini of Italy's mother, father and brother Claudio Chiellini look on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Mario Balotelli of Italy signs autographs for fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A Germany fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to the second Italian goal against Germany at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wearing the colors of the German flag atttend the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Fans of Germany enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A German fan soaks up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A German fan holds up a sign saying 'Goodbye Spaghetti, long live the schnitzel' ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Spanish fans cheer prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: A Spanish fan watches on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
A Spanish fan cheers prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Entertainers wave Spanish and Portuguese flags prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan looks on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan looks on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Portugal fan shows his support ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans reacts while watching a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: A Spanish fan reacts while watching a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Portugal fan shows his support during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: Roman Abramovich looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: Spain fans look on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan looks on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
England fans gather in Kyiv prior to the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympci Stadium, Kyiv
England fans react following their defeat to Italy during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
England football fans react watching the England v Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final match at the Sports Bar in the Empire Casino at Leicester Square, London
England fans react as they lose on penalties during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
England fans react as they lose on penalties during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
Passengers watch the England v Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final match in arrivals at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport
Passengers watch the England v Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final match after landing in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport
The agony of a penalty shoot-out is clear to see on an England fan's face
England fans react following their defeat to Italy during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
England fans react following their defeat to Italy during the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A England fan looks dejected after the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: An England fan cries into a St George's Cross flag during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A England fan looks dejected after the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: England fans look dejected after the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Lukas Podolski of Germany waves to fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A England fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Football fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: An Italy fan enjoys the atmopshere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
England fans react as they lose on penalties during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
French fans react after their team lost the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A French fan reacts after his team lost the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
French fans cheer prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Soccer enthusiasts wave Spanish flags prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
A Spain supporter smiles prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: French fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Spanish fans cheer ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: France and Spanish fans enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Spanish fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: A supporter of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: A general view of the fans during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: A supporter of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
A Greek fan watches the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: The German players applaud the fans after victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: Greece fans celebrate during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: A giant German football shirt is seen in the crowd during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German football association president Wolfgang Niersbach speak during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JUNE 22: Greek and German fans watch the EURO 2012 quarter-final match between Germany and Greece at a cafeteria in Athens June 22, 2012. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: (L-R) UEFA President Michel Platini and German Chancellor Angela Merkel smile during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
Greek fans cheer before the start of the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans hold up a poster with a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on as they enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: A German fans shows off his shirt with reference to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on as he enjoys the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Germany fans pose infront the Reichstag prior to the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece near a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Greece fans are seen prior to the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
German soccer fans hold a plastic replica of the Euro 2012 soccer championship cup as they arrive at the stadium for the quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A Greece fan wearing a mock ancient Greek helmet cheers prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: Football fans soak up the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: Fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Czech Republic fan enjoys the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Portugal fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Portugal fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Portugal fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
A fan walks down the tribune before the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Czech Republic and Portugal in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, June 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan walks to her seat prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Swedish fans look on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan gives the thumbs up prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A France fan cheers during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan poses prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A football fan wearing the colours of France and Sweden smiles prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A football fan wearing the colours of France and Sweden smiles prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Swedish fans fly the flag prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan cheers prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A young Ukraine fan soaks up the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans enjoy the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: An England fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: England fans celebrate during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich signs autographs for football fans during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich looks on during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: England fans enjoy the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: An England fan wears an oversized England shirt during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: England fans enjoy the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A football fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain
Noel Gallagher unfurls a Manchester City banner as he waits in the stands for the start of the the UEFA Euro 2012 Group D match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 15: Musician Noel Gallagher (L) unravels a Manchester City flag ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and England at The Olympic Stadium on June 15, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Badges on a Ireland fan's scarf ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Ireland fans ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012 Group match at the Municipal Stadium, Poznan, Poland
Ireland fans Christine and Mary Forsyth from Dublin ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012 Group match at the Municipal Stadium, Poznan, Poland
Ireland fans ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012 Group match at the Municipal Stadium, Poznan, Poland
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Ireland fans do the Poznan as they enjoy the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Italy fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Italy fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Spain fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Croatian fans look on during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Croatian fans sit dejected in the stands after the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Football fans take a photograph during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Croatian fan predicts the score of 2-2 on his forehead during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Spain fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Spanish fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Spain fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Spain fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Croatian fans smile during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Croatian fans enjoy the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Croatian fan sits dejected in the stands after the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
A Dutch fan cheers before the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group B match between Portugal and the Netherlands in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
KHARKOV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Netherlands fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Portugal and Netherlands at Metalist Stadium on June 17, 2012 in Kharkov, Ukraine. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Germany fan looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A football fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A football fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A football fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Fans share a kiss prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland fans (left to right) Mark Killian, Feidhlim Lenehan and Paul Leonard wear Roy Keane masks in the main square in Poznan, Poland
Republic of Ireland fan Paul Leonard wears a Roy Keane mask in the main square in Poznan, Poland
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Faced painted fans look on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Denmark fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: German fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Denmark fans enjos the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Denmark fans enjos the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Denmark fan enjoys the prematch atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Denmark fan enjoys the prematch atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Denmark fan enjoys the prematch atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Denmark fan enjoys the prematch atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: German fans sing ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Germany fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Denmark fans enjos the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Denmark fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Denmark fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Denmark fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Denmark fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Germany fan looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
Germany fans cheer prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group B match between Denmark and Germany in Lviv, Ukraine, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: German fans celebrate during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: German fans celebrate during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: German fans celebrate during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Germany fan looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A German fan reacts during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Denmark fan enjoys the prematch atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A young football fan looks on during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
KHARKOV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Netherlands fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Portugal and Netherlands at Metalist Stadium on June 17, 2012 in Kharkov, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KHARKOV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Portugal fans walk towards the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Portugal and Netherlands at Metalist Stadium on June 17, 2012 in Kharkov, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KHARKOV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Netherlands fans eat a snack prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Portugal and Netherlands at Metalist Stadium on June 17, 2012 in Kharkov, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Spain captain Iker Casillas hailed the ability and hard work of his side as they became the first international team to win three consecutive major championships with a 4-0 win over Italy.

David Silva and Jordi Alba put the holders 2-0 up before half-time and after Italy were left a man short due to an injury to Thiago Motta, Spain cruised to victory with further goals from Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.

Casillas himself broke a European Championship record by extending his run without conceding a goal in the competition to 510 minutes and he is delighted to have been a part of Spanish football's golden era.

He told the Spanish Football Federation website: "This is due to the talent that we all have and the work that people don't see - the work of the past, with everyone in the academies, and the manager who has given this generational change.

"We are living in the most marvellous moment in Spanish football history.

"We have been superior thanks to the work of our players and our characteristics. With Alba's goal we almost sealed it but the third killed it off completely."

The Real Madrid goalkeeper also hopes that success on the football field can bring some happiness to those suffering in the difficult economic times currently afflicting Spain.

"I suppose the people will be happy," he said. "They were before and now even more so.

"We have made the difficult look easy. They will think it has been a walk in the park but we could have been put out in the semi-finals. We have grown, we have gone from strength to strength and we were better.

"We have to enjoy this moment with all those that have suffered. We have lived four unforgettable years."

Xavi echoed Casillas' sentiments and the Barcelona midfielder was pleased to make a telling contribution with two assists after what had been a frustrating tournament for him personally.

"Today I have been decisive," he said. "I was lacking this incisive pass that wasn't going through and today I have had two. We have had a great game and I felt very comfortable.

"The players are very happy. For all of the country it is a joy and for us it is deserved. We have enjoyed on the pitch the best of the Euros and of the final.

"We have made history and we have to enjoy that with all the people that followed us here and everyone else.

"We have been very superior. We had possession and, with the goals, more space to play in. We felt very comfortable."

The 32-year-old also stressed that he intends to continue playing international football and will hopefully be fit enough to play a full part in Spain's defence of their World Cup crown in two years' time.

However he also recognised that with even more success there will be even greater expectation in Brazil.

"The bar is very high," he said. "There is more expectation.

"We are asked to win all the time but it is better like this, before it was more difficult.

"If I feel good then I will be there. I will speak with the manager and in principle, yes, I will go, but we will see."

Cesc Fabregas was one of a number of the squad to wear t-shirts in the post-match celebrations bearing the names of Antonio Puerta, Dani Jarque, Manolo Preciado and Miki Roque, all prominent figures in Spanish football that have died in the last few years.

And the former Arsenal captain believes it was important to honour them at such an important time in Spanish football history.

He told AS: "They are people that have left us recently and that left us a few years ago but they are always with us. We will never forget them."

On the game itself, Fabregas admitted that once Italy were reduced to 10 men the game was effectively finished but insisted that should not detract from Spain's incredible achievement.

"Finals are for winning and on top of this we have enjoyed it a lot on the pitch.

"They were left a man short with the injury to Motta and we were able to play at will but the level of success is brutal.

"It is certain that the game swung our way with the first goal but we played a great game."

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