Cleverley, Neville, Jenas and more: Twitter reacts to Spain’s triumph

Spain become the first side to win three successive major international tournaments, prompting masses of Tweets online

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Spain became the first team to win three successive major international tournaments with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Italy in the Euro 2012 final.

Goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata completed an impressive win, and La Roja‘s latest success was roundly hailed by their fellow professionals on Twitter.

Here are some of our favourites Tweets, in chronological order.

1min: Former Norwich City star Iwan Roberts (‏@iwanwroberts) kicks us off: “Two keepers as captains – you don’t see that often!”

1min: Everton captain Phil Neville (‏@fizzer18) has his say on the anthem debate which has raged throughout the tournament: “My opinion – singing the anthem is a personal choice it shouldn’t be forced on a player if part of his prep is to not sing!”

5mins: England rugby legend Will Carling ‏(@willcarling) reckons Spain are in good form for the final: “Spain look so much sharper than the other night. So many great players! This should be awesome! #euro2012”

10mins: If comedian Jack Whitehall ‏(@jackwhitehall) can find the button, households across Britain would use it: “Could someone please switch Mark Lawrenson off sarcasm mode.”

15mins: Former Blackburn Rovers striker Kevin Gallacher (‏@kevingallacher8) is impressed by Cesc Fàbregas’ pace for Spain’s first goal: “Is Fàbregas lightning quick or Chiellini a cart horse? #spain dominating #italy 1-0 up thanks to Silva.”

15mins: Former Bradford City midfielder Chris Kamara (‏@chris_kammy) gets a chance to use his trademark saying: “What a goal that was magnificent, David Silva with a header, this is proper football ‘unbelievable’!”

25mins: Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone ‏(@TomHuddlestone6) makes light of those who called Spain boring: “I wish every team were this **boring** to watch. #keepball”

41mins: Former Aston Villa striker Ian Taylor (‏@IanTaylor7) is impressed by Barcelona’s new signing: “Another great pass!!! What a run. Great goal #jordialba. #Euro2012Final”

41mins: Ex-Sunderland midfielder Michael Gray ‏(@mickygray33) is similarly impressed: “Now that a proper left-back… What a goal and what a pass… Football is a simple game played by idiots… Or so they say!!!”

41mins: Norwich City legend Darren Huckerby (@hucks6dh6) gives us the lowdown on Jordi Alba: “I think Alba came through the Barça youth academy – their youth team must’ve been ridiculous #Class #Euro12”

Half-time: Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley (‏@tomclevz23) is entertained: “Spain boring are you mad!”

Half-time: And Tottenham Jermaine Jenas ‏(@jjenas8) is angered by the criticism of Spain prior to the final: “Spain boring!!! The commentators/pundits/journalists that have said this please resign immediately.”

Half-time: West Brom star Steven Reid (‏@stevenreid12) is amazed by two Spain midfielders in particular: “Iniesta and Xavi passes you could not pick up with your hands and place better. Wow!”

50mins: Steve Claridge ‏(@ClaridgeSteve) fears for the future of all strikers: “Good job I’m finished because the position I used to play won’t bloody exist soon if Spain carry on like this!”

60mins: Norwich City’s Anthony Pilkington ‏(@Pilkington_11) is already reflecting on an enjoyable tournament: “Who has been your player of the tournament?? Pirlo? Balotelli? Iniesta? Alonso? Few candidates… Other good shouts – Fàbregas and Alba! For me it is between Pirlo and Iniesta two great players!”

65mins: But former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris ‏(@morriskid) can see Pirlo is struggling in the final: “Is Pirlo playing???”

70mins: BBC presenter Dan Walker ‏(@danwalkerbbc) finally gets to grip with this “boring” tag: “’Boring’ is the new ‘brilliant’! #Spain”

84mins: Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich ‏(@TheRealBozza) heaps praise on Spain after Fernando Torres scores: “3-0 Spain. Fantastic achievement from a team which will go down in history as one of the great sides. #euro2012”

84mins: Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam ‏(@Charlie26Adam) is amazed by Spain’s feat: “Three in a row is incredible.”

84mins: Southampton’s Billy Sharp ‏(@billysharp10) has his say on Torres: “Fernando Torres absolutely love him – goal machine. #TORRES”

87mins: Tottenham defender Danny Rose ‏(@Danny25Rose) believes Juan Mata’s first appearance at Euro 2012 – which results in a goal – highlight’s Spain’s strength in depth: “Mata hasn’t kicked a ball until now – says it all. Spain are too much …”

87mins: Aston Villa legend Dion Dublin (‏@DionDublinsDube) is impressed by the margin of victory: “Oh my god – four goals in a final !! WOW….. What a team!!”

Full-time: Ex-Liverpool striker Neil Mellor (‏@NeilMellor33) hails Spain’s display: “Congratulations to Spain. Thoroughly deserved to win Euro 2012. They worked so hard for each other and passed teams off the pitch every game.”

Full-time: Even NBA champion LeBron James ‏(@KingJames) gets in on the Spain love-fest: “Spain is just too much for Italy! Ouch!”

Full-time: Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright ‏(@Mark__Bright) believes Spain are the best in his lifetime: “Well done Spain, best international I’ve ever seen, awesome display in the final if not in the group and knockout stage…. Viva Espana!”

Full-time: Newcastle United’s Peter Lovenkrands ‏(@lovenkrands11) has the final say until the 2014 World Cup: “Congrats to Spain – what a team! Can’t wait to see what they can do at the world cup in Brazil 2014!”

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