EURO 2012: James Milner positive despite Euro setback

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James Milner believes England’s young players will reap the benefits of their Euro experience, with the start of the qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup only three months away.

Several players tasted senior tournament football for the first time in Ukraine and Poland before England went out to Italy. Milner can see plenty of plus points as England recovered from the loss of key players through injury ahead of the tournament and head coach Roy Hodgson having little time to prepare.

The Manchester City midfielder said: “We had a great group stage and to get knocked out on penalties is hard. But look at the circumstances going into the tournament, the manager changing ... the number of people dropping out. The longer we work with the manager, I’m sure we will keep getting better and better.

“The squad is a lot younger now. It was the first major tournament for a lot of the lads at senior level.

“It’s all experience and it can only stand you in good stead if we qualify for the next World Cup.”