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Maguire admits England face tough test to get over “hurt” of Euro 2020 heartache

Maguire was part of the Three Lions camp who were beaten in the Euro 2020 final on penalties by Italy in July and concedes he has not even watched the game back

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Harry Maguire admits he will forever be haunted by England’s Euros heartbreak.

Manchester United captain Maguire even claimed it will be a “test of mentality” for England’s players to get over losing the final on to Italy at Wembley this summer.

Maguire confessed he has still not been able to watch the game back as the penalty shoot-out defeat is still too raw but says they must now focus on the World Cup.

England defender Maguire said: “It hurts and it always will hurt. Will you ever get over losing a penalty shootout to become European champions? Probably only if you win one of these major tournaments will you overcome that.



Harry Maguire admits he has not watched the Euro 2020 final back
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“I haven’t watched any of it. Only a few short videos and things you get tagged in but I have not sat down and watched it. I don’t think it is something I would want to do.

“Maybe in the future I will sit back and maybe watch the journey back in terms from the start to the end and the goals and things but yeah, at the moment it is something I want to stay away from.

“Getting to the final of a European Championship has not been done before in England’s history so it is the past and maybe when I am retired I will look at my achievements and I might end up watching the final.









“But of course, at the moment, I am looking forward to the future and where we can go as a team.”

England continue their World Cup qualifying campaign in Hungary on Thursday night which could be the toughest game in the Group.

But Maguire insisted that England must learn from their mistakes and “improve in every aspect” if they want to go one step further and win next year’s World Cup.







Maguire added: “We have to look at ourselves to improve in every aspect. We are talking about the finest of margins here, though, we got beat on a penalty shootout to a very good team who we matched in the final.

“Of course we are going to look to improve, that’s what these next 15 months are all about. I think the belief is there amongst the group.

“You know you’re playing qualifiers for a World Cup, and you look around the room, and you generally feel you’ve got a great chance if you improve and do everything right.”

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