"It is worse than 2007," Noble admitted. "As much as we lost in 2007, it was on a high because we were a little bit unlucky with the penalties, but this time we thought we could play as well as we could and win the game. Obviously that didn't happen so we're all gutted, terribly gutted, and I'm just crossing my fingers for the younger lads in the squad that they can go one step further than us and go and win it."
Despite being left in tears following England's shoot-out defeat in Heerenveen, Noble admitted the sight of the German squad receiving their winner's medals and lifting the trophy had left him feeling even lower.
"It's one of the worst things I've ever had to do, to be honest," he said. "I didn't really watch half of it. I couldn't. It was too much to watch. I wanted that to be us up there and not them, but at the end of the day, we lost the game and they picked up the trophy."