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Spain celebrate historic triumph - Follow the Euro 2012 aftermath LIVE!
Vicente del Bosque's side broke slews of records by beating Italy 4-0 in the Kiev final. Follow all the reaction, news and debate with Goal.com as we look back at the tournament - and get involved on Twitter and Facebook.

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12:14 BST


Interesting team of the tournament from @NaazihShujau on Twitter

"Casillas, Debuchy, Pepe, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Khedira, Pirlo, Iniesta, Fabregas, Nani"

Far too few Spanish players on that team for my liking, and Nani over Ronaldo?

12:08 BST


Away from Euro 2012 for a moment and Jan Vertonghen's move to Tottenham from Ajax looks to be off for now, according to the Dutch club's manager Frank De Boer.

Read more about it here.

12:00 BST


Italy coach Cesare Prandelli tells reporters: "In recent weeks I felt bad for destructive criticism. We must be proud of this Italy team and our football. You journalists cheering me is the sign that you too are starting believe in this project.

"We are an old country and we need to change. The final result must not change our mind about change, we must not make two steps forward and threeback . Maybe it will be difficult, but we have to play well and get results at the same time. We must manage the national team as a club."

11:55 BST


Honestly, I'd be very afraid. Spain aren't about to go anywhere, and even when they do, they've got the best youngsters in the world behind them. La Furia Roja are European champions in EVERY age group right now. Think about that. Then cower in fear - because leaving a long-lasting legacy matters and the Spanish will be keen to push this record as far as it can go.

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11:50 BST


Spain expert Ben Hayward: "Spain's squad have already achieved so much but a glance at the ages shows they may not be finished yet. Xavi has said he will continue to Brazil 2014 if he feels good, even though he will be 34, but Andres Iniesta will be just 30, Xabi Alonso 32, Iker Casillas a still-youthful 33, Alvaro Arbeloa 31, Fernando Torres 30 and the rest of the squad still in their 20s by the time the World Cup comes around. Ominous for the rest."

And Raul will only be 37! HOPE!

11:45 BST


The unlucky man to miss out from my squad? Michael Krohn-Dehli, of course! A revelation for Denmark.

11:40 BST


Oh, go on then.

Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Alba; Pirlo, Busquets, De Rossi; Xavi; Silva, Iniesta.

Let me know yours on Twitter!

11:35 BST


There's also this from last night that you might have missed: It's the Euro 2012 Team of the Tournament! Everyone's got their own XI - how does yours fare with ours?

11:31 BST


Worth pointing you again towards this piece by Carlo Garganese on whether Spain are now the greatest national side of all time - we'll be debating it a little later on. Do some revision.

11:25 BST


@Rhyme_minister on Twitter: "Has anyone tried not going for the half-time break and scoring enough goals by the time that they come back? That's the only way to beat Spain!"

11:20 BST


Time now for the latest episode of The Goal Line! Euro 2012 may be over but we've plenty of fun left as Sian Welby presents, among other things, the ULTIMATE PLAYER of the tournament. Click the image to have some of that.

11:15 BST


@nickgrayuk on Twitter: "Spain weren't necessarily boring, they're just too good for the opposition to be competitive. Sport's not fun when it's predictable."

11:10 BST


"I enjoyed Italy and I'm a big fan of Spain." Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff hedges his bets on his favourite side. I'll miss his crazy Euro-themed nonsense. Anyone remember his fashion rant at the start of the tournament?

11:05 BST


Spain expert Ben Hayward on Twitter: "Xavi says: 'If I feel good, I'll be in Brazil.' He will be 34 but has contract at Barcelona until 2014. Don''t rule it out."

10:55 BST


"If you say we're boring, then you don't understand football." That's the sort of thing that Cesc Fabregas is entitled to say the day after winning his third major international tournament in a row.

10:50 BST


Marco van Basten doesn't fancy a return to the Netherlands job (would they really fancy him back anyway?) but similarly isn't sure who should take over from Bert van Marwijk. The bet-hedging volley hero.

10:45 BST


Alright, Twitter! I get it! Chelsea might know how to beat Spain!

I'm not so sure that lightning would strike twice, but there you go.

10:40 BST


Besides, what did you expect? Goal.com International's Sam Lee points out that England losing on penalties is just one of the many things that happen at every single international tournament - and Euro 2012 was no different.

10:35 BST


Uh-oh. The national overreaction to England's quarter-final exit continues. This time it's the turn of Southampton legend Matthew Le Tissier to criticise manager Roy Hodgson - and he's pulled no punches, labelling the friendly owl-man a "coward" when it comes to dealing with Wayne Rooney. Well I never.

"Is that a knife I hear sharpening?"