Sturridge was not the only man to misfire from the spot as
But Pearce believes that Sturridge, Ramsey and the whole squad are all the better for being a part of Team GB.
He said: "Dan got the winner three days ago that got us out of the group stages and tonight he is on the end of missing a penalty.
"But we are in this together, the important thing is that all the players have had an experience to make them better and stronger.
"Some of those experiences are scoring goals and winners, and some of those experiences are having days like today when you are disappointed because you missed a penalty.
"But experiences like that make you stronger and he will benefit from this tournament without a doubt."
Pearce added: "The individuals who have come here and contributed go back to their clubs and countries the better for it."
The defeat, in all-too-familiar fashion, not least for Pearce, came at the end of a day that had seen Team GB win six Olympic golds, its highest tally in a single day's competition since 1908.
Pearce could not hide the disappointment of seeing his side's medal hopes extinguished, just as those of
But he insisted he did not feel apprehensive when the game went to penalties, despite
"I felt excitement," Pearce said. "I prepare my teams from day one, the first day we got together as a group we practised penalties and that's the same with the (
"We studied thoroughly and once we get to a penalty shoot-out situation I see myself and my team as favourites.
"The victors of this game were assured of two more matches and two chances at a medal and that is the disappointment, probably more so for the players who have enjoyed their time here.
"I would have liked to see how we would have developed as a team playing more and more games."
Pearce, who said he would have to wait to find out the severity of the ankle injury that forced Manchester City defender
"It would be fantastic but I don't think it will happen again," he said.
"Home advantage has allowed us to have this opportunity, but when you look at international programmes and bringing nationalities together, where are we going to find the time to enter a qualification period?"
He said: "I expected us to have difficulty with fatigue from our previous games and the travelling, but the players performed beyond expectations.
"The reason we won was we were a little stronger than the GB team when it comes to the mental side of the game."
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