England Leave Krakow Base After Euro 2012 Elimination To Italy (PICTURES)

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Steven Gerrard emerges from the team hotel | PA

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.

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"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."

England depart Krakow
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