Dele Alli has claimed that he and his England team mates will have benefitted long term from suffering an early exit at Euro 2016.
The Three Lions had been regarded as one of the main contenders for the trophy in France two years ago , but they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Iceland to bow out at the last-16 stage.
However with this summer’s World Cup on the horizon, Alli has suggested that Gareth Southgate’s squad will be mentally stronger having gone through the experience of more tournament disappointment.
The 21-year-old told Sky Sports News as saying: “The Euros was one of the best and worst experiences of my career at the same time.Growing up, you watch the big tournaments on TV. You see the flags flying out of the windows and how much it means to the country – to be part of it was massive. But the way it ended in France was a huge disappointment.
H added: “As a team, it would have been easy to hide, not to look back on it and get it out of our memories, but it was important we went through it, so that it doesn’t happen again. I think as a team, and as individuals, we’re stronger from going through that.”