England have left their Krakow hotel base after their Euro 2012 elimination at the hands of Italy.

Manager Roy Hodsgon and captain Steven Gerrard held court at a press conference this morning as they reflected on their 4-2 defeat on penalties to the Italians.

On the future, Hodgson said: "We have to be optimistic. We have to believe.

"There are good young players. We are doing well at under-21 level. It'll be good to see how we do at the Olympics."

Gerrard, 32, added his desire to continue captaining his country.

"I've loved it [the captaincy], I've loved the responsibility and I've enjoyed every minute of it.

"I've had a brief chat with the manager, I'm available as long as I'm wanted at this level. The manager has told me he wants me to continue and carry on."

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  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's Ashley Cole leaves the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's Wayne Rooney (left) Joe Hart leaves the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's Andy Carroll (left) and Jordan Henderson leaves the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's John Terry leaves the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's Ashley Young leaves the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's Ashley Young leaves the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's Theo Walcott leaves the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's Theo Walcott leaves the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's Wayne Rooney (left), Joe Hart (centre) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Departure - Stary Hotel

    England's Leighton Baines (left), Wayne Rooney (centre) and Joe Hart leave the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Team Hotel - Krakow

    England manager Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard (left) leave the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Team Hotel - Krakow

    England's Steven Gerrard leaves the Team hotel today in Krakow, Poland.

  • Soccer - UEFA Euro 2012 - England Team Hotel - Krakow

    England manager Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard (left) leave the Team hotel in Krakow, Poland.