England were stopped in their last step toward winning the Euro 2020 title as the Three Lions were beaten on penalties by Italy, after being held to a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
, believes the best way to put that disappointment behind their failure is to pull together and focus on triumphing Qatar 2022 asthey face Hungary at Puskas Arena on Thursday
in a World Cup qualifier match.
"We probably need to win a World Cup final,"
the England boss told his pre-match press conference
. "Nothing else is really going to compare to the level of the game we were involved in and the unique circumstance that being involved in a final brings.
"We had two years of having to reflect on a World Cup semi-final and whatever we do in the next 18 months has got to be towards leading us towards challenging in a World Cup."
Echoing his manager’s words, Harry Maguire insists the pain of theirEuro 2020 final loss to Italy
is still fresh in the minds of both the players and supporters.
"It hurts and it always will hurt,"
the Manchester United skipper said.
"Will you ever get over losing a penalty shoot-out to become European champions? Probably only if you win one of these major tournaments will you overcome that. Of course it hurts and it probably hurts every fan as well, not just us players and staff. It will hurt everyone."
Beating San Marino and Albania 5-0 and 2-0 respectively before picking up a hard-fought 2-1 win against Poland, England are sitting top of Group I on nine points after their first three fixtures.
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