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Pundits tip Three Lions to rebound

Former internationals Rio Ferdinand and Jamie Carragher believe England have the young talent to bounce back from a disastrous World Cup.

England's early exit was confirmed after Costa Rica beat Italy, leaving the Three Lions bottom of Group D and out of the tournament with a match still to play.

And while Ferdinand accepts a "naive" England did not deserve to stay in the World Cup, he is confident the young squad will grow stronger from the disappointment.

"The England players can take the experience," he told BBC One.

"It is valuable, not just playing the minutes, it is being around the hotel, how you prepare yourself, what it means to go to a World Cup, feeling that pressure here.

"That is what you have to look for from these young guys. You have a lot of young players in this squad, talented players who are doing well for their clubs and we have to find a way of getting that into our England team with an England shirt (on), and that is the job of the manager."

Carragher also sees positives for some of the younger members of Roy Hodgson's squad but believes they have to be given a greater role for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign - and that means sending them out against Costa Rica.

"The minimum we expect is to qualify for these tournaments and I think with the young players coming in, hopefully playing against Costa Rica, in qualifying (for 2016) they can show what they can do," he told Sky Sports News.

Former England winger Chris Waddle asked questions of the system which produced players for the national team.

"If you have the best players in the world you can play any system you want, but we haven't got that, so we have to be hard to beat," he told Radio 5 Live.

"We have a lot of attacking players who are young and will get better but defensively what is coming through?

"We are looking at players all the time saying 'another two years, another two years'.

"I'll wait for 2016 like everyone else but when you trace the history back it has not happened." - PA Sport.

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