England boss Steve McClaren was delighted with the showing of Stuart Pearce's U21 team after yesterday penalty shootout heartbreak against Holland.
"It's for the future and can only make them better players. When they have to face situations like that again, they'll be able to take from what they have learned here."
McClaren added: "The players can be extremely proud of themselves for what they've achieved, and the whole country can be proud too.
"To battle as they did for so long in front of the Dutch support shows immense character.
"It's heartbreaking to lose the way they did, but it was a true performance of English grit and determination."