Neville urges England to build on World Cup disappointment


The Lionesses were seeking to claim a second successive World Cup bronze medal but were rocked by two early goals from Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson.

"Well done Sweden but it (third-place play-off) is a nonsense game".

Instead they must settle for fourth, while Sweden, the 2003 runners-up, take home bronze for a third time. Stina Blackstenius played simple ball to Jakobsson in acres of space down the left side of England's penalty area. Ellen White had a terrific performance in the semis, and look for her to be extraordinary again against the Swedes.

But there was a subsequent VAR check for handball and, after watching footage back pitchside, referee Anastasia Pustovoytova ruled the effort should not stand.

The 30-year-old, level at the top of the scoring charts with USA star Alex Morgan, nearly equalised again on the stroke of half-time but shot straight at Swedish 'keeper Hedvig Lindahl.

There was a special moment in the 74th minute for Karen Carney, who had announced on Friday that she would be retiring after the match, the midfielder replacing Parris to earn her 144th and final England cap.

But the fairy-tale ending evaded her as Sweden held on to the victory, Fischer's brilliant goal-line clearance in the final minute denying Bronze at the same time as securing bronze for her team. The No. 1-ranked United States is the defending Women's World Cup champion.

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It may not have been the one they wanted, but you can't help but admire Sweden for picking up yet another Women's World Cup medal.

The bright start from Sweden, who had lost to the Netherlands in Wednesday's semifinal, capitalized on England's sluggish opening as Peter Gerhardsson's team raced into a two-goal lead in the first half.

Since making her senior global debut as a 17-year-old in 2005, Carney went on to become a key member of the England squad, playing in four World Cups and winning 143 caps.

She is the second-most capped player for England, behind only Fara Williams who has played 170 times for the Lionesses.

As jarring as the decisions VAR has given at this World Cup have felt, they're generally correct. Two of them were scored by England's Ellen White in their last two matches.

"I think it was a carry on from the semifinal", England coach Phil Neville told BBC Sport, referring to England's slow start after the disappointment of losing the semifinal to the USWNT on Tuesday. "Going for it on Saturday is going to be massive and important for us, and I feel we have a good chance of beating England". The courage to keep going forward, the energy - the players gave everything. We gave it our best shot, we fell short and we just have to make sure next time we are better.

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