World Cup 2023: England ‘heartbroken’ after World Cup final defeat
Millie Bright says England is “absolutely heartbroken” after losing the Women’s World Cup final.
Jorge Vilda’s side claimed their first world title with a 1-0 victory thanks to Olga Carmona’s first-half goal.
Since the men’s team won the World Cup in 1966, the Lionesses were aiming to become the first senior English team to win the event.
It’s hard to take. We gave our all,” Bright said.
“We had chances, we hit the bar, but we failed to get the final edge, and they scored.”.
The whole family is heartbroken. We tried everything. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t be there.”
After her native Netherlands were beaten 2-0 by the United States in the 2019 Women’s World Cup final, England boss Sarina Wiegman has now lost two finals in a row.
“It feels really bad now, very disappointing,” Wiegman said.
You want to give everything in the final, but you lose.
In sports, that happens, but what we have done, how we have shown ourselves, how we want to play as a team, overcoming so many challenges, I think we should be so proud.”
It is very special to play finals, said Wiegman, who suffered just her second defeat in 39 games as England manager.
“We will begin to compete in the Nations League in September in order to qualify for the Olympics. We want to improve every day,” she said.
This team and this group of players are so passionate about being successful. We want to make the most of every moment to improve. We hope we can come back and play good games again to win.”