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From the Lion's Den: June 25th

England says farewell to World Cup.

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Hodgson takes positives

A drab 0-0 draw ends England's participation in the World Cup, but Roy Hodgson believe there were positives from the result:

"I take positives - this was a banana skin. To get that display was great since for many it was new,"

"I am pleased at least to have given the fans something to cheer about in terms of our performance."

But there was disappointments as well:

"We feel emotional because the fact is we wanted to do so well in the tournament, to get out of the group,"

They gave us an ovation that, obviously, our results didn’t merit. They were quite brilliant. We are so sad and disappointed for them because we know what they’re going through. We are very grateful for the emotional moment at the end where they showed their support."

Shaw hoping to become a mainstay

After making his World Cup debut against Costa Rica, Luke Shaw is eager to build on from this experience:

"I don’t want to stop here, I want to keep getting better and better."

Barkley: Brazil experience a benefit

Ross Barkley, who made his first World Cup start against Costa Rica, thinks that he has benefited from the World Cup experience in Brazil. The 20-year old midfielder said:

"I’m a young lad and hearing advice from the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard throughout this tournament has helped me and will help the other young lads for the future."

Smalling eyeing permanent centre-back role

Meanwhile defender Chris Smalling has spoke of his intention to cement his spot as a centre-back for both club and country.

McClaren: Everbody wants to play for their country

Though his spell as England's manager was far from successful, Steve McClaren has revealed that he has never met a player that does not want to represent England.