Roberto Carlos reckons England can turn their Euro 2020 final heartbreak into World Cup glory after his own Brazilian rollercoaster.
England reached their first major tournament final in 55 years this month only for Italy to emerge victorious after a penalty shoot-out at Wembley.
Carlos understands the pain having tasted defeat in a final when Brazil, the defending champions, were beaten 3-0 by France in the 1998 World Cup final.
But Brazil bounced back to claim their nation’s fifth – and most recent – World Cup crown at the following tournament in Japan and Korea in 2002.
Now legendary Real Madrid and Brazil left-back Carlos, 48, reckons England should aim to do the same after their 1-1 draw with Italy went to spot-kicks.
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Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all failed to score in the shoot-out in a painful exit.
But Carlos insists Gareth Southgate’s young side can look ahead with optimism to Qatar 2022 next winter.
He said: “The England players should feel proud of themselves, they did really well to get to the final, they lost but that doesn’t mean they can’t get to finals in the future and win.
“It’s like for myself, in 1998 we lost the final and won the next World Cup in 2002, that’s modern football.
“Brazil always have to win, when they lose it is like the world has ended.
“In South America we’re used to winning everything.
“We lost the final but we won another final.”
Carlos won 125 caps for his country and played over 500 times for Real in a trophy-laden career which saw him win three Champions League titles and four La Liga crowns.
He also scored some spectacular goals, including a famous free-kick for Brazil in the 1997 Tournoi De France against the hosts.
The full-back represented the likes of Inter Milan, Palmeiras, Fenerbahce and Anzhi Makhachkala during his playing days.
But he admits he wished he could have played in the Premier League too.
“There was an offer from Aston Villa in 1996 and another offer from Chelsea in 2007,” he added.
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“It was a pity because I would always liked to have played English football. Now it’s only as a sporting director or manager, there’s no more chance to play. “
Carlos is an ambassador for Real Madrid in Asia and Oceania.
He said: “I’m getting my coaching badges and licences so once I get them who knows.
“But I am very happy at Real Madrid, I am really happy working at the club where I came through.”