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Carrying on with the possession theme, England must spend more time on the ball against Italy and be weary of playing too many long balls.
Against the Ukraine, they passed fewer times than in any other match this tournament. Of the game's top nine passers, only two (Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard) were English.
Italy have gone from having 34 percent of the play against Spain, to 67 percent against Ireland, whereas England have yet to occupy the ball for half a game.
Given Roy Hodgson's style and system for this tournament, this is not disastrous, yet the team must show greater intelligence and versatility when in possession.
Diagonal long balls have been the backup plan if the counterattack is not on, but against a stronger team it is too risky to seek this so often and risk handing the ball straight back.
Hodgson's tactics must still be to attack with pace where possible, but if the ball is won and the break is not on, the alternative must be to maintain possession and spread the play slowly, otherwise Italy are going to have the ball too long.
Sunday's quarterfinal is unlikely to be the most attractive affair. It will be tight, cagey and tactical, and England need to feel comfortable having periods of time with the ball, instead of panicking and going for the all-or-nothing pass.
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