Gareth Bale believes Wales' Euro 2016 exploits will earn them more respect from other nations and the Real Madrid star is keen for further experiences of major international tournaments.
Wales' sensational run in France ended in a 2-0 semi-final defeat to Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday, with two goals in the space of three second-half minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani proving decisive.
Bale was unable to find his fourth goal of the competition as he battled to haul Chris Coleman's side back into the match, but he believes his team-mates will now be viewed differently having claimed victories over Slovakia, Russia, Northern Ireland and Belgium during a memorable campaign.
"I think we've grown in confidence and grown in stature," he said."We'll be more respected now.
"We said all along, we don't just want to qualify for this tournament; we want to qualify for major tournaments every time we go into qualifiers.
"The hunger's there, the spirit's there. We'll take all the positives and go into the next campaign trying to pull that off again.
"We always wanted to test ourselves against the best countries in the world. I think we've done everybody proud, done ourselves proud. We can hold our heads high and give it a right go again."
Wales kick off their bid to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia against Moldova at Cardiff City Stadium in September, in a group also featuring Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland and Georgia.
"Our hunger is there more than ever now," Bale said. "There is still a lot more to come, still a lot more to improve from us lot.
"Come the World Cup qualifiers, which are not too far away, we'll get straight back to working hard and doing what we do best.
He added: "We have to be happy with what we've achieved. It hurts now because it's fresh.
"We've been on an amazing journey. The whole nation has enjoyed the whole experience as much as us.
"It's been one of those moments in life that you'll never forget and is very special to all of us."
|Southgate not pressured by Mourinho into Rashford decision|
|Albiol: People don´t know the true Ronaldo|
|Low insists Germany must build on fast start|
|Coleman rubbishes ´lucky´ claim|
|Eder ´sorry´ for Euro 2016 winner|
|Bale: I´ll never forget this year|
|Suarez: Messi better than Ronaldo by far|
|Shearer: England players must respect Allardyce or walk|
|Dyke: FA board will back Allardyce as England boss|
|Sissoko reiterates Premier League desire after ´10 out of 10´ Euros|
|Vertonghen praises Wilmots legacy|
|Portugal climb above Spain in FIFA Ranking, Argentina stay top|
|Hull looking to sign Robson-Kanu|
|Ronaldo forced off in Euro 2016 final|
|Griezmann deserves Zidane, Platini comparisons - Henry|
|Ramsey could miss start of Arsenal´s Premier League season|
|Pogba can be world´s best - Henry|
|Bale: Nations will respect Wales after Euro 2016|
|Coleman hopes for more from Wales|
|Joao Mario: I am living a dream, we hope to make history|
|Santos: I´ve always seen Portugal as a great team|
|´Portugal is not all about me´ - Ronaldo|
|Lloris: France have evolved since World Cup defeat to Germany|
|Pressure too much for Pogba - Lizarazu|
|Low must make Kroos call for Germany to progress|
|Coleman intrigued by Ronaldo-Bale showdown|
|Germany don´t fear Giroud - Neuer|
|Muller: Goals are not important to me|
|Sissoko: World Cup defeat versus Germany still hurts|
|Euro 2016 not a success for France just yet - Le Graet|