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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 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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