In the latest England news, Dele Alli believes England are now a “stronger” side following their shock defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.
The Three Lions were dumped out of the tournament in France after losing 2-1 to Iceland in the round of 16, a result that led to the departure of Roy Hodgson as manager.
Since that defeat England have qualified for this summer’s World Cup in Russia and they will step up their preparations with friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.
Tottenham ace Alli was part of the side beaten by Iceland and admits it was a huge disappointment, but he is convinced the loss has actually helped the team in the long run.
“The Euros was one of the best and worst experiences of my career at the same time,” he said.
“Growing up, you watch the big tournaments on TV. You see the flags flying out of the windows and how much it means to the country – to be part of it was massive. But the way it ended in France was a huge disappointment.
“But it was important we went through it, so that it doesn’t happen again. I think as a team, and as individuals, we’re stronger from going through that.”
England have been drawn in Group G for the World Cup and will take on Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.
Alli believes that although they are not the finished article, the Three Lions are capable of enjoying a successful tournament in Russia.
He added: “You never know what will happen in a tournament but as a team we feel stronger, we feel more together, and we are learning from it.”
A couple of positive performances in the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy will certainly fuel the optimism surrounding England’s World Cup chances.
However, they have a poor recent record in non-competitive internationals, failing to win any of their last five.