England coach Roy Hodgson is convinced of exciting times ahead for his young team after their Euro2012 elimination.

Hodgson believes these players are capable of putting the run to an end.

"It's only a matter of time," he said.

"If this group of players continue to show the same degree of determination and will to be a team and work so hard as a team we've got quality players who can come into the squad who will add to the competition.

"So I'm convinced it won't be that long before we beat a top nation. We had our chance today. We came close to taking it but not quite.

"But I think we've got to keep building on the work we've done at this tournament and make sure that the good things that we've done remain and work on some of the things we could've done a little bit better."