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Tuesday 23 December 2014

History-making Cesc Fabregas proud to prove Spain's critics wrong

Spain's Cesc Fabregas holds the trophy at the end of the the Euro 2012 soccer championship final  between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Spain won 4-0. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Spain's Cesc Fabregas holds the trophy at the end of the the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev
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)
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)

Cesc Fabregas has accused the critics who branded Euro 2012 winners Spain boring of not knowing anything about football.

Fabregas' old Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is one of those who condemned Spain for their negative play, adding his voice before the final to the argument that La Roja now use their famed passing game merely to to prevent their opponents getting the ball rather than anything constructive.

Spain provided the perfect answer in Kiev last night, scoring twice in each half for a record-breaking 4-0 win over Italy in Kiev.

And, speaking to Radio Five Live, Fabregas let rip.

"Those people who think we are playing boring, in my opinion they don't understand the game," he said.

And Fabregas admitted it was difficult coming to terms with the magnitude of becoming the first side in history to win three tournaments in a row.

"It feels really amazing, one of the best days of my life," he said.

"Three major trophies in a row has never been done before in the history of football.

"I don't think we're ready to see what we have done yet."

First-half goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba put Spain in control.

And once Thiago Motta had gone off with a hamstring injury just four minutes after his introduction, Italy were forced to play the final half hour with 10 men.

That allowed Spain to really rub it in as Fernando Torres added a third before setting up Chelsea team-mate Juan Mata to wrap up an incredible win.

"It's true we were lucky enough to play a great match," said coach Vicente Del Bosque.

"Everything worked for us.

"It was an extraordinary performance against a difficult opponent."

Unlike Fabregas, Del Bosque opted to steer a delicate path through the 'boring' debate.

And he insisted the jibes had not been used as motivation.

"We played our own game," he said.

"There were no real external influences: we were faithful to what we've done in recent years."

Del Bosque expressed some sympathy for Italy, who had less preparation time after Thursday's semi-final win over Germany.

"The Italians have played a great tournament," said Del Bosque.

"They had the bad luck of the injury to Thiago Motta and that's where it all ended for them, unfortunately."

Andres Iniesta claimed the man-of-the-match award after another outstanding performance.

He is one of four players - Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xavi are the others - to have started all three final triumphs.

"It's very nice to have this man-of-the-match trophy but it's especially great to be champions again," he said.

"The team played a great match and all the players were on their top level.

"We are very happy."

Iniesta backed up Del Bosque's sentiments about criticism having no effect.

The Barcelona man insisted Spain stayed true to their beliefs.

"Everybody has their opinion," he said.

"We are not here to say that our game is the most beautiful of them all.

"Everyone has a different view.

"Today, we had a great level of play and were faithful to our style.

"That they only had 10 players made things easier for us.

"This victory is unique and magical.

"It is something that cannot be repeated.

"We haven't ignored how great it is."

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