Gareth Southgate: “I feel like my stomach was ripped out this morning”
Morning. As England wakes up and realizes it wasn’t just a horrible dream, we’ll take into account the full range of reactions from this country and around the world.
For starters, Jordan Henderson knows the death penalty will eat away at the team, but called on them to use it as fuel to succeed at the World Cup.
Henderson, who came off the bench before being substituted late before a penalty shoot-out, believes Gareth Southgate’s side need to build on their performance this summer to peak in Qatar next year.
“Of course you have to learn from the experience,” he said.
“I know it’s disappointing now, but we’re going to go and take a little break, it will eat you up a bit and you have to use it as fuel to want more, to do more and to keep pushing each other. other.
“What we have created this tournament is something really special and I hope we can bounce back.
“I’m sure we’ll have Qatar in 16 months, we’re in good shape, what we’ve created is really special.
“I’m really proud of the guys and can’t wait to see what we can do in the future.”
Henderson played a small role during the tournament, only regaining his fitness after groin surgery in February.
He felt the team deserved more but paid tribute to Italy, whose goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was named player of the tournament after saving two more penalties on penalties.
“Really devastated,” he told beIN Sports when asked how to sum up the evening.
“Devastated for the guys. Thinking of what they put on, they gave absolutely everything and deserve more.
“For the fans, for the country really, everyone was behind us and we left everything on the pitch, we gave absolutely everything to try to win and unfortunately we couldn’t do it.
“When it comes to penalties it’s a bit of a lottery and anything can happen except fair play for Italy, it’s a good team and congratulations to them but by the minute I’m really devastated for everyone.
“We always practice taking penalties, especially in tournaments. Unfortunately it can happen at night, he (Donnarumma) is a very good goalkeeper, he is very tall and it is difficult.
“So the guys were brave in taking the penalties and will learn from the experience of course.”