England Camp Is 'Hurting' After European Under-21 Final Defeat - James Milner

The Aston Villa winger has revealed that spirits are low in the national camp following England's crushing defeat against Germany...
Aston Villa and England Under-21 flanker James Milner, 23, has made public knowledge the national side's manifestation of sorrow following a disappointing and humbling 4-0 thrashing dealt out by old foe Germany in the European Championship final in Sweden on Monday evening, claiming that "everyone is hurting".

The forward, who holds the national record for most appearances at U-21 level, hit out at the team's inability to rise to the big occasion, but is drawing on the positives, claiming that he hopes this makes the team better in the long-run.

"Everyone is hurting and the way we lost the game is not good enough," said Milner to the official website of the FA. "The lads are disappointed. It all comes down to the big games and there are no excuses but hopefully this will make us stronger.

"We expected to put in a performance and it is pointless if we don't learn from it. It feels worse than two years ago [when England lost on penalties to the Netherlands in the semi-finals] because it was a final and we wanted to win it.

"We are a very good team but fair play to Germany, they know how to beat the big teams."

Alan Dawson, Goal.com