Sweden manager Erik Hamren says he is proud of his players despite their elimination from Euro 2012 on Friday.
A 3-2 loss to England means the Scandinavian nation – who lost their opener 2-1 to co-hosts Ukraine – cannot make the knockout stages.
But their manager feels the team showed courage in their opening fixtures, losing twice after going ahead.
“The operation went well but the patient is dead,” he told reporters after the game.
“I think we played well throughout the match. I do not feel that we are worthy of having no points – we could have got points in both matches I think.
“I’m very proud of the players and the effort they showed out on the pitch. We showed real courage and the correct attitude. I’m very sorry for them too, because they deserved to win.
“Right now, it really hurts, but I want to point out that I’m very proud of the guys.”
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