Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was gutted after England's Euro2012 elimination. England lost in a penalty shootout after Ashley Young and Ashley Cole failed with successive kicks to leave Alessandro Diamanti to belt home the winner for Italy.
"It was a horrible way to go out," said Rooney.
"We are all gutted.
"It was a tough game and we all worked hard, so to lose on penalties is a horrible feeling for everyone."
But he added: "We can hold our heads up high. There are a lot of young players in the squad and that will help them in next tournament."