LIke hodgson said you can't recreate the pressure of taking a pen at the end of 120 mins of hard work. The only reason I would question a defender taking a pen in that instance
was the fact that they had worked hardest over the 120 and have every right to feel a bit tired.
On a performance note, I'd just like to say we defended suberbly throughout the tournament and like it or not that is the way hodgson wants to play, can't say it's not effective. The only time we slightly deviated from it we conceded 2 against Sweden. I fully belive if Rooney, Wellbeck and Young could've reproduced their club form on the National stage we would be looking forward to a semi-final against the Germanys with a chance of beating them, as we rarely concede more than 1, we just need our attacking players to create and take their chances as they do week-in week-out throughout the season in the "best league in the world"
However you look at it we are still unbeaten under Roy and now some of the younger players have had a taste of tournament football. Easy to see what went wrong and knock peoples confidence, so much harder to find the good points and boost your players. How's your glass? Mines always half-full
Men's best successes come after their disappointments.