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