James Ward-Prowse believes England Under-21s can be proud of their display against Germany in the semi-finals of the Under-21 European Championships.
Demarai Gray and Tammy Abraham’s strikes ensured the Young Lions and Germany went to penalties in Poland, where Die Mannschaft ran out 4-3 victors.
“It’s a difficult thing to take,” started Ward-Prowse.
“We’ve practised during the weeks leading up to this and sometimes, the keeper can do well, but we have to learn from these experiences to make us stronger.
“We’re obviously disappointed, the reaction in the changing rooms is that everybody is proud of themselves and whilst it wasn’t the outcome that we wanted tonight, we gave ourselves the best chance to win the game.
“We had to keep our heads up, we had to give ourselves the best chance and no-one has any regrets about the way we worked to get where we are. Tonight just wasn’t our night.”
Nathan Redmond saw his spot-kick saved by Hamburger SV goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck to ensure Germany’s place in the final of the competition.
And whilst Ward-Prowse was devastated not to make the final, he was confident that the experience would be a positive one for all the players involved.
“We come away with our heads held high,” he continued.
“Everybody, collectively and individually, will learn from this experience.
“We’re young players and have great pride in wearing the England shirt and we gave everything. You could see towards the end that we were pulling each other through and we showed our spirit.
“But everyone from this group will come out of this and go into the next season having learned a lot and be better people and players for it. To get this experience, can only help us.”