Captain Harry Kane opened up after England finished their European Championship qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw in North Macedonia on Monday.
Kane was proud of his side after topping their group and finishing six points ahead of Italy.
England, who were unbeaten in Group C, had already sealed qualification for next year's finals in Germany with two games to spare.
England fell behind in Skopje after debutant Rico Lewis committed a foul inside the box and Enis Bardhi scored on the follow-up after his penalty was saved.
The scorelines was levelled in the second half after an own goal from Jani Atanasov.
"Difficult game, we knew it would be and it was tough against a decent side playing on a pitch that is difficult to play our style of football on," Kane, who came on in the second half, told Channel 4.
"If anyone was going to get a second (goal) it was us. We can be really proud of how the qualifying campaign has gone."
Full back Kyle Walker, who was handed captain's arm-band for the first time, said England should have clinched victory the match.
"It's been a short week, two games when we've already qualified," he added. "It's no excuses, we know we should be taking three points from here but it's something to work on for the future."