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England's Women's World Cup team arrive home

The Lionesses with their bronze medals. Credit: ITV News

The England Women's World Cup team has arrived back in Heathrow after pulling off the best finish by any England team at a World Cup since the men were victorious in 1966.

Fara Williams' extra-time penalty against Germany in Edmonton handed the Lionesses a 1-0 win that secured them a bronze medal in the tournament.

The Lionesses won bronze, he best finish by any England team at a World Cup since 1966 Credit: ITV News

An unfortunate own goal by Laura Bassett in stoppage time against Japan pushed the team out of the semi-finals.

But that was all but forgotten when the team arrived home jubilantly on Monday morning.

England can now confidently target Euro 2017 glory at the tournament in Holland. The qualifiers begin in September.

USA beat Japan 5-2 to win women's football World Cup

The United States won the Women's World Cup thrashing Japan 5-2.

USA beat Japan 5-2 to win women's football World Cup. Credit: PA

America not only captured a title that has eluded them for 16 years but also avenged their 2011 final defeat against the same opponents.

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Sister of England footballer 'couldn't be prouder'

The sister of England footballer Jill Scott has said she "couldn't be prouder" of what the team has achieved during the Women's World Cup.

Amanda Wilson told Good Morning Britain she was yet to speak to Jill after last night's defeat but said the team had been "brilliant to watch" during the tournament.

England lost 2-1 to Japan after an own goal in the semi-final in Canada last night.

Ms Wilson told GMB: "I always remember Jill kicking a football. Probably around 7 she played on the boy's team up to about 11. All the boys absolutely loved her and they all wanted Jill on their team - she used to run rings around them."

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