FIFA backs goal-line technology

The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said "goal-line technology is no longer an alternative but a necessity" after Ukraine had a goal controversially not given against England last night, despite a assistant referee based on the goal-line.

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Wayne Rooney: Key moments against Ukraine

England's Wayne Rooney heads at goal Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Three minutes: First touch flicks ball on to Danny Welbeck.

Six: Surging run down left evokes a huge ovation from England fans.

28: Gets on the end of a swinging Ashley Young cross from the left but fails to time his leap and misses a 'sitter' with his head from the edge of six-yard box.

39: Finds Milner with a short, crisp pass and drifts across midfield exchanges passes.

44: Outmuscled in midfield by two Ukraine players and loses ball.

48: Heads his 29th international goal from close range after Gerrard's wicked cross takes a couple of deflections to deceive the Ukraine goalkeeper.

53: Put in clear by Gerrard and sprints 50 yards with the ball but lacks the acceleration to get away from Yarmolenko and is held up in the penalty area.

67: Poor pass fails to get Milner away on the right.

86: Applauds the England fans as he is replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


Roy Hodgson lauds captain Steven Gerrard

Roy Hodgson has paid special tribute to England captain Steven Gerrard - after his side qualified for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

Steven Gerrard celebrates after beating Ukraine Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Hodgson said: "You've got to single Steven out.

"He has built up to this man of the match award in the previous two games as well, playing a captain's innings throughout."

Roy Hodgson praises Wayne Rooney character

England boss Roy Hodgson heaped praise on match-winner Wayne Rooney after his side sealed a Euro 2012 quarter-final meeting with Italy.

Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney after the match Credit: PA Wire

Hodgson said: "He's got character, hasn't he?

"It was his first game after having to sit these two others out, and it is a while since he played a competitive match, so he's got to be happy with the way things went for him.

"Every day helps him and helps us. The fact he's had 80 minutes in this game will give him confidence going into the next game."


England fans 'happy to come out on top'

I think we played really well. It was the usual England, keeping us on the edge of our seats. We did the right thing playing Rooney. It's given us some confidence."

– Joll Harding, 51, from Ruislip, Middlese

It was a difficult game for England because both teams played well. I'm so happy we came out on top."

– Stu Bishop, 28, from Rugby

It wasn't the best performance in the world but it got us the result. Rooney's header was a poacher's goal. That is what we brought him in for. Italy will be a very tough game though."

– Paul Lamkin, 51, from Basildon, Essex

Ukraine manager angry with journalist after England defeat

Ukraine manager Oleg Blokhin lost his temper with a journalist after tonight's Euro 2012 defeat to England.

Oleg Blokhin lost his temper with the journalist after the England defeat. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Blokhin was fuming after his team had a seemingly clear goal ruled out in the 1-0 defeat in Donetsk.

Blokhin, 59, said to the journalist afterwards: "Let's go outside and have a man conversation. Have you ever played? You write what you like. You don't like my team or me. I understand you are a journalist. You should respect me."

How England's night unfolded

  • England 1 v 0 Ukraine: Wayne Rooney's header puts England ahead and within touching distance of qualifying.
  • Sweden 1 v 0 France: A volley from Zlatan Ibrahimovic puts the already knocked-out Sweden in front against France, leaving England top of Group D.
  • England 1 v 0 Ukraine: Marko Devic's shot is saved by Joe Hart but loops towards goal where John Terry appears to clear the ball before it crosses the line. Television replays show the ball was over the line.
  • Sweden 2 v 0 France: Sebastian Larsson's finish from close range seals the game for the Swedes and means England top Group D while France finish as runners-up.
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