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Cesare over Roy.
Roy Hodgson came to the fight with one arm tied behind his back.
Not only did he take the job just one month before the start of the tournament, he had to deal with injuries that forced Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill and Gareth Barry off the final roster—not to mention, that two-game suspension of the team's best player.
Without those key members of the squad, and lacking a truly deep pool to pull from, Hodgson was left to fill his roster with six players from Liverpool. That is, a squad that finished eighth in the Premier League.
Hodgson deployed a very rigid 4-4-2 throughout the group stages and the quarterfinal was no different. Evidence of England's desire to defend from deep and find goals on the counter attack was reflected in their inability to draw a single offside call from an opponent entering the match.
Against the underwhelming opposition of the group stages, this tactical ploy worked. However, allowing Italy to control this match was too pessimistic a project from the start.
Prandelli, on the other hand, has boldly alternated between formations, lineups and personnel in Italy's four games thus far.
Against England, he reverted to his preferred formation, a 4-3-1-2 with Riccardo Montolivo picking up his first start and playing in the pocket behind the strikers.
While it was Montolivo's penalty miss that put the Italians behind in the shootout, he was the right inclusion considering his comfort handling the ball.
Hodgson's decision to bring in Andy Carroll was a bright move. Carroll was much better than Danny Welbeck at holding up the ball for Rooney to bring the team forward in greater numbers.
Prandelli countered with Christian Maggio, Antonio Nocerino and Alessandro Diamanti, with Diamanti the brightest of the bunch. The former West Ham midfielder struck the post and put a hard shot on Joe Hart before calming slotting home the winning penalty.