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Luke Shaw says the England squad is ready for a “new adventure” in the next World Cup.
England defender Shaw says it was a “big blow” they could not win the Euros after reaching the final but insisted they want to go one better in Qatar in 18 months’ time.
Shaw said: “We made the nation proud and that's very important to us. It wasn't what we wanted or what they wanted.
“But I still think it brought joy to people, brought some smiles and even though we ended on a low, the experience we had as a team, with the fans we had here will be memories we won't forget.
Luke Shaw has insisted England will be back
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“But as a team, we can always keep improving. The good thing about the group is that there's a lot of young players in the squad that are only going to mature, grow up and gain experiences from this.
"Like I said, he experience will only grow with the younger players who will learn and gain experience each time.
“This is a big blow, it will hurt for a while but we're back in camp next month, towards the end of the month, a new adventure is the World Cup and we want to qualify for that. Like I said, there's things to improve upon on as a team but I'm sure we'll get there.”
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Shaw also said they will support the three players – Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford – who missed in the shoot-out and said he wanted to give the Arsenal teenager a cuddle.
Shaw added: “He's devastated. But I think the most important thing now for us as a team is to be there for him and give him a big hug, tell him to keep his head up, things happen.
“It's a penalty shoot out, anything can happen as a lot of people know. But we're all behind him, it's an experience he will learn from him but not just him but Rashy and Sancho also. We're with them all, there's no individuals, we're together as a team.
"It's devastating, it's gutting. It's of course not what we wanted. We were very confident, we felt in a good way and we felt we were going in the right direction, we felt devastated, we gave everything we could and yet we came up short.
“But I felt it was a step in the right direction of what we want to achieve. A Euros final. First time in history that's happened but that's not enough, we wanted to win and we came up short.”