Jordan Henderson insists England can bounce back from their World Cup nightmare - the latest big tournament disaster for the young Liverpool star.
Having fallen at the group stage of the Under-21s European Championship in 2011 and exited Euro 2012 with the seniors, the 24-year-old was last year captain of the Young Lions side that crashed out so embarrassingly in Israel.
Defeats to Italy, Norway and the hosts saw Stuart Pearce’s side return pointless from the Under-21s European Championship, and Henderson faces the same fate in Brazil unless England can get a positive result against Costa Rica tonight.
The Three Lions’ elimination is already certain following 2-1 losses to Italy and Uruguay, although the Liverpool midfielder believes the manner in which they performed in those matches bodes well.
“I’m sure everyone at home is feeling down,” Henderson said.
“We feel as though we have let a lot of people down, but at the same time we have shown people how well we can play in a big tournament with young players coming through.
“We went out and played with no fear. We have a promising young side, hopefully we can gel together and in the future have many more happy memories.
“It doesn’t really get much bigger than playing in the World Cup. It’s been an unbelievable experience, but no matter whether we’ve had highs or lows, you have to learn from it as best you can.
“I’m sure the young lads here will learn from that and it will make them stronger and better as well.”
Henderson is likely to drop out of the starting line-up against Costa Rica, with Hodgson planning to give game time to his squad players at the Mineirao Stadium.
Los Ticos, the World Cup’s surprise package, are also planning changes with their last-16 clash in mind, giving England what looks to be a great chance to get a morale-boosting victory.
“We’ll be approaching the game the same as we have the other two and that’s to go out and win the game.”
“We’ll not prepare any differently because we are out of the competition, we’ll go out and finish on a high and get a win. We don’t want to go home losing all three games.
“We want to show people how much we do really care and for everyone back home, give them some enjoyment in the final game. Give them something to shout about and put on a good performance.”
That said, Henderson is well aware that victory in Belo Horizonte will do little to make amends for England’s first group-stage exit since 1958.
“Everyone is disappointed,” he said. “We’re really down because we are going home far too early.
“There was a lot of confidence going into the tournament, everyone has been getting on great and the team spirit has been brilliant.
“Team spirit is about people being together, not only when it’s going well but also when things don’t go so well and you need each other.
“It’s not a great mood [around the camp] but it’s a time everyone needs to stick together, everyone needs to stay strong.
“I’m sure there will be days when you’ll wake up and it’ll come back into your head, but at the same time, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and you have to keep going.”