FROM hope to despair.
England fans suffered penalty heartbreak once again, as Roy Hodgson’s men were knocked out of Euro 2012 by Italy.
Supporters who packed into the Lambton Worm pub, in Sunderland city centre, were left “gutted” as they watched England beaten 4-2 on penalties after a goalless game and extra time.
Chants and cheers from hopeful fans had filled the bar, in Low Row, as England came close to scoring during the match, notably when Danny Welbeck had a near miss in the 32nd minute.
Former Black Cat Jordan Henderson also raised claps and shouts when he was spotted warming up, before he later replaced Scott Parker.
However, excitement turned to despair during the penalty shoot out.
Among the heartbroken England fans was Chris Cummings, 47, from Houghton, who works in procurement at Sunderland City Council, and was in the pub with partner Sue Sloan, 48, and daughter Katie Cummings, 17.
He said: “I’m just absolutely disappointed and devastated.
“The way they played, it wasn’t bad in the first half, but they just didn’t play to their strengths and I think they just sat back.
“I think they depended too much on the defence and not our strength, which is pace.
“To be manager for four weeks, Hodgson’s pulled the team together and they’ve been respectable. I just think we could’ve done more in that game.
“But Wimbledon starts soon.”
Andrew Raine, from Fulwell, works on the car parts assembly line at Penn, which supplies Nissan.
The 22-year-old said: “I thought we played well. I don’t think we attacked enough and that’s the way with England really.
“I could see the way it was going to go after 20 seconds.
“Steven Gerrard was my man of the match. He’s a good character and he’s a good leader.
“I’m absolutely gutted we’re out.
“I just think it was the wrong penalty takers. Andy Carroll should have taken one.”
Howard Ross, 23, from South Bents, said: “I thought we did alright. I don’t think we could’ve done any better.
“We could’ve done something more with our subs, but it was good to see Carroll come on, he’s a game changer.
“Scott Parker had a good game, Gerrard did as well.
“I though the first half, in the first 10 minutes, we did really well, then it was 50/50.”
Danielle Ayers, 23, from Hylton Road, is studying business management at Sunderland University.
She said: “I think they did well, but when it comes to penalties, it’s awful.”
Her friend Natalie Thompson, 28, a customer accounts manager for Lloyds at Riverside Park, decided her man of the match would be a draw between Ashley Cole and Andy Carroll.
She added: “I think we played better defensively, but we’ve got to try and challenge them and attack.
“I think he chose the wrong penalty takers, they could have chosen Andy Carroll.
“I think Italy deserve it.”