Lionesses return home with World Cup bronze

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.

USA were the tournament's overall winners after beating Japan 5-2 in the final.

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England women watch Gazza movie ahead of semi-final

England's women have been preparing for their World Cup semi-final by watching the Paul Gascoigne movie.

Goalkeeper Chamberlain loved watching the new Paul Gascoigne movie. Credit: PA

The film, released earlier this month, charts the life and career of one of England's most maverick players.

Arguably Gascoigne's most famous moment in an England shirt involved a World Cup semi-final, when he was brought to tears as England went out of Italia 90 at the hands of West Germany.

And Mark Sampson's women have been drawing inspiration from the film, with goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain tweeting on Tuesday morning: "Loved watching Gascoigne with the girls tonight. Such pride & honour to play for @england. How it should be!"

Forty-eight-year-old Gascoigne made 57 appearances for England, scoring 10 goals.


Prince William: Lionesses are doing country proud

England women's football team are "doing their country proud" after progressing to the World Cup semi-finals, Prince William has said.

Prince William has congratulated the team. Credit: Reuters

The Duke of Cambridge said he was "thrilled" to see England beat hosts Canada, adding that he could not wait to see Mark Sampson's team face Japan.

"As President of the FA I'm thrilled to see the England women progress to the semis for the first time," the duke said in a statement.

"This team is making history and I can't wait to see them in action against Japan."

"The Lionesses are doing their country proud."

Man Utd striker Rooney hails England Lionesses

England men's captain Wayne Rooney has congratulated the women's team after they made it to the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday night.

Rooney was full of praise for England's Lionesses. Credit: PA

Rooney and his international team-mates were a damp squib in Brazil last year, with the team failing to make it out of the group stages after defeats to Italy and Uruguay and a draw against Costa Rica.

The women began their campaign with a loss to France but have not looked back since, beating Mexico, Colombia, Norway and hosts Canada to become the first English senior team to make a World Cup semi-final since 1990.

And Rooney, a veteran of three World Cup campaigns, was among the first to congratulate the Lionesses following their 2-1 win against Canada.

"England women doing the country proud. Huge congratulations on reaching the semi-finals," he wrote on Twitter.

England Lionesses through to semi-finals of World Cup

England are through to the last four of the World Cup after beating tournament hosts Canada.

England's win sets up a semi-final with defending champions Japan Credit: Reuters

First-half goals from Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze propelled England into their first ever World Cup semi-final after they held on to win 2-1 in Vancouver.

Fresh from their first ever knockout win in this competition earlier this week against Norway, England, who have been beaten three times at the quarter-final stage, stunned John Herdman's side with two goals in three minutes.

Christine Sinclair pulled one back on the stroke of half-time following a rare mistake from goalkeeper Karen Bardsley but England defended resolutely to restrict Canada's chances in the second half.

The win, their fourth successive 2-1 victory, sets up a last four meeting with defending champions Japan, who defeated Australia 1-0 earlier in the day, in Edmonton.


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