England supervisor Sarina Wiegman has mentioned her group should stay proud regardless of their disappointment after dropping 1-0 to Spain within the Girls’s World Cup ultimate.
Spain captain Olga Carmona produced a elegant strike to win the match, with La Roja successful the trophy for the primary time.
Regardless of half-time substitutions of Chloe Kelly and Lauren James for Alessia Russo and Rachel Daly, and an outstanding penalty save from Mary Earps, England have been unable to discover a means again into the match.
“Everybody has seen an unbelievable recreation, a really open recreation, two groups who need to play soccer. A recreation of two halves for us,” Wiegman instructed BBC Sport.
“The primary half we struggled to press the ball. We modified it second half, again to 4-3-3, and I feel we obtained some momentum then. However then the tempo went out of the sport. We obtained momentum after which gave away the penalty. And the damage with Alex [Greenwood].
“In any case, Spain have been just a bit bit higher than we have been at the moment and so they had an amazing match. Congrats for Spain.
“In fact it feels actually dangerous now. We’re very disillusioned. What we’ve got performed, what we’ve got proven, to play how we’ve got as a group, overcoming so many challenges, we might be so happy with ourselves. Solely it would not really feel like that in the intervening time.”
Earps: I might commerce Golden Glove for World Cup any day
Earps was England’s most constant participant all through the match, saving the Lionesses again and again with world-class saves.
She walked away with the World Cup Golden Glove alongside her silver medal – however mentioned she would commerce the non-public accolade for the match trophy.
“I am unable to swear, however I am positive you possibly can fill within the blanks. Not [feeling] nice,” she instructed Sky Sports activities Information.
“I do not assume that [making people proud] actually hits proper now, to be trustworthy. I feel it’s going to in a few weeks, I hope we are able to look again and replicate.
“I do know attending to a World Cup ultimate is an unbelievable achievement, however now, we’re disillusioned. We’re rivals, we got here right here for the gold medal and we have been so shut. We simply fell quick.
“We have overcome a number of adversity to be on this place. I am actually happy with the group for that and I feel there’s extra ranges to go as effectively.
“In fact I am happy with that achievement [the Golden Glove], it is arduous to realize. However I’d commerce that for a gold medal any day. Simply gutted that we fell quick.”
Brilliant: We’re heartbroken
England captain Millie Brilliant was additionally emotional after the defeat, telling BBC Sport: “It is actually arduous to take. We gave the whole lot, hand on coronary heart.
“First half we weren’t at our greatest. We confirmed our battle, confirmed our character. We had possibilities at the moment, we hit the bar, and clearly they put their probability at the back of the web.
“There was a number of perception. We have been 1-0 down in video games earlier than, we have bounced again, we by no means give in. It is arduous to take, nevertheless it’s soccer – we’re heartbroken.
“The women are unbelievable. We had a number of critics at first of this match, a couple of stopped believing, however we by no means stopped believing in ourselves. Even at the moment we had full perception. We have made it to a World Cup ultimate, in a couple of weeks we’ll look again and actually respect today.”
Bonmati: We deserve it
Aitana Bonmati has been essential to Spain’s success and was awarded the Golden Ball as the perfect participant at this Girls’s World Cup.
“I am so proud as a result of we did an amazing match. We go for it, but in addition we loved it. We deserve it,” she mentioned.
The Barcelona midfielder was one of many 15 gamers who refused to compete below Spain head coach Jorge Vilda final September, however was allowed again within the squad for the World Cup.
“Everybody knew the objective initially of the preparation of the match. Everyone seems to be aggressive, everybody is robust mentally to win. We now have been working in a number of years in the past for this second and we’ve got the trophy,” added Bonmati.
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Redknapp: Their expertise has been distinctive
Former England and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp mirrored on the impression of England ladies’s success.
“Successful the Euros and attending to the ultimate of a World Cup is an unbelievable achievement. [They’ve] impressed so many individuals, women, boys as effectively, everyone’s checked out this. Their expertise has been distinctive,” mentioned Redknapp.
“It is heartbreaking for them and they are going to be hurting so badly, however they need to even be so happy with what they’ve achieved. The supervisor and the gamers, it has been an unbelievable achievement throughout, and so they’ll get welcomed so kindly after they get again.
“It is so disappointing, as we have been watching the sport we have been cheering, simply hoping for one second. We thought when the penalty was saved that was going to be it. It wasn’t to be, however they have been unbelievable on this match,” Redknapp added.