"I think we’ve all learned a lot. The next two or three years will be a big test and I’m sure we’ll all pull through it."

- Wayne Rooney

25/06/2012 11:24, Report by Adam Marshall

Rooney: Heads held high

Wayne Rooney feels England's players can hold their heads high after going out at the quarter-final stage of Euro 2012.

Once again, a penalty shoot-out proved the Three Lions' undoing following a goalless draw against Italy. Rooney converted his attempt from 12 yards but it proved in vain as United's Ashley Young and Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole failed from the spot.

"It was a horrible way to go out," Wayne confessed. "We are all gutted. It was a tough game and we all worked hard.

"To lose on penalties is such a horrible feeling for everyone but we can hold our heads up high."

Rooney now hopes any lessons learned in Poland and Ukraine will benefit England for Brazil 2014.

"There are a lot of young players in the squad and that experience will help them in the next tournament," he added.

Wayne Rooney was speaking to PA Sport.

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