CHERRIES defender Chris Mepham said Wales could take great pride from their Euro 2020 campaign despite bowing out in the last 16 to Denmark.

The centre-back played 90 minutes in Amsterdam as a 4-0 defeat saw Rob Page’s side dumped out of the tournament in the first knockout round.

But Mepham, who played three games for the Dragons throughout the tournament, said the squad could take credit for their displays and would “bounce back” from the defeat.

The 23-year-old said: “We just said we are all immensely proud of what we’ve achieved at this tournament.

“We’ve got a very young team and some would say very inexperienced, so to apply ourselves like we have done is something we can all be proud of.

“It was disappointing to concede as many as we did on Saturday.

“But I think we can all take a lot of credit going forward and I think it will definitely put us in good stead in the future.

“We will bounce back from it, there’s no doubt. One thing we can always promise as a Wales squad is that we can be resilient. We will come back stronger from this.

Mepham took his caps tally to 21 at senior level following the tournament, having made his international debut in March 2018.

Reflecting on the defeat to the Danes, Mepham said: “We started the game really well, I thought for the first 20, 25 minutes we stamped our authority on the game.

“I think they made a tactical switch as a result of that – I never felt like we properly adapted to that and we found ourselves in a position where we lost to a strong team.

“It didn’t really feel like a 4-0 loss. That didn’t really give a true reflection on the game as a whole. I know they had some chances but I think the goals we did concede, you could question the referee, other things that happened.”