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Pauline Hamill said her Scotland team can return home from the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship in England with their heads held high after competing with the best teams in Europe.
Scotland lost 1-0 to France in their final group match, leaving them in fourth place and out of the semi final qualification spots.
"I think our players can take great credit for how they have performed throughout this tournament," said the Scotland women's under-17 coach.
"Today, against France, I think we found it hard to compete physically. France played well. The goal they scored was out of this world.
"We created some good chances ourselves which could have got us a goal but it wasn't our day."
This was the first time Scotland has been represented at these finals. The debutants lost 4-2 to Germany and drew 0-0 with Spain in their other group games. Hamill said her players will have benefitted hugely from the experience.
"These players now know they are as good as German, Spanish and French players," she said.
"We have come down here and shown that we are a good team. The aim now is to sustain this level going forward. This will have been an invaluable experience for their development as players.
"The aim for these players is to compete at more finals like this in the future, but it takes hard work. It's not easy qualifying for a tournament. It's important not to take opportunities like this for granted. The players and staff have enjoyed every moment of this."
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