Mo Marley can take plenty of positives from England's European U19 Championship campaign.
England were just half an hour away from qualifying for the semi final of the UEFA European Women's U19 Championship and England Coach Mo Marley is confident that this experience will stand the team in good stead for the future.
Drawn in Group B, Mo's charges overcame an opening day defeat by Germany to beat Scotland 3-1. Needing to beat Sweden in the final group game, they took the lead in the tenth minute through Toni Duggan, only for a Louise Fors penalty to deny them a place in the last four.
However, Marley believes the experience of playing against the finest sides in the Continent will help the players prepare for future tournaments.
Marley told TheFA.com: "We have taken a lot of positives from this tournament. Playing three games at this level in such a short space of time will make the girls stronger, both physically and mentally and it has allowed us to build-up a great team spirit. Hopefully that'll make the difference in the years to come.
"Ultimately, I think our inexperience and perhaps a bit of naivety cost us; at times we played with our hearts rather than our heads, but in terms of the overall quality of football, we were very unlucky not to reach the semi final.
"We drew with a Sweden team who were, on the whole, two years older than us and we lost the first game to a more experienced German side, but the football we played at times was definitely deserving of a place in the last four."
Everton's Toni Duggan scored three times in France and 15-year-old Jordan Nobbs scored the opener against Scotland. With players so young scoring on the international stage, Marley has every reason to be upbeat.
"Both Jordan and Toni are still eligible to play for the Under-17s, so for them to both score in an Under-19s tournament compliments England's international system and the education we're giving the players.
"I'm really pleased with the contribution from all of the players. The girls will learn from this experience and it can only help them in the future."Click here for tournament details