England crashed out of
But the manner of the two sides' performances in
Asked if he believed that and if he also felt
"We've reached the semi-final, with just a few inches to go until the big final.
"As far as England are concerned, I think they've played a very good tournament.
"They were slightly inferior against
"But they, too, as a team definitely have improved and have developed further."
Last night's defeat was England's sixth in seven shootouts, as its hoodoo on spot-kicks continued with decisive misses from
Its record had been lost one, won one, when they last faced
Kopke was at a loss as to why England was still so bad at penalties.
He said: "It was all in their own hands. They were up one penalty and hitting the crossbar was just unlucky.
"Cole had a stinker when he took that penalty.
"England are tragically unlucky in many respects but why that is, I don't know."
A big deal has been made out of the importance of practising penalties, with many believing that to be behind
But Kopke said: "It's near impossible to 'practise' penalty shootouts in training.
"In training, players just whack it in and they do different things when it really counts.
"It makes precious little sense to practise penalties during training."
Fifteen years after their famous clash in Saint-Etienne, former