England boss Sarina Wiegman thanks fans for their 'incredible support'

England boss Sarina Wiegman thanks fans for their ‘incredible support’ after Lionesses lost 1-0 to Spain in Women’s World Cup final

  • England were beaten 1-0 by Spain in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday
  • It was just their second loss in 39 games under manager Sarina Wiegman 
  • Wiegman said on Instagram she was ‘proud and disappointed’ after the loss 

Sarina Wiegman has said she feels a mixture of ‘pride and disappointment’ after her England side were beaten 1-0 in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final.

Olga Carmona’s first half strike was enough to secure a first ever win in the tournament for Jorge Vilda’s side, while the Lionesses lost for just the second time in 39 games under Wiegman.

It ended an excellent tournament for England, who overcame a number of injury setbacks to reach their first Women’s World Cup final in history.

Wiegman wrote an emotional Instagram post after the game where she thanked fans for their support and stressed how proud she was of her side.

Alongside a picture of her side in a huddle after the loss, the manager wrote: ‘It is almost impossible to describe what I am feeling right now. Naturally disappointment for not winning the tournament, but also pride. 

Sarina Wiegman thanked England fans for their ‘incredible support’ after the Lionesses lost the World Cup final

They were beaten 1-0 by Spain on Sunday after reaching the final for the first time in their history

The England boss posted a picture of her side in a huddle after the loss 

Wiegman spoke of her ‘pride and disappointment’ after the emotional final

‘If I look back on this past season, we have been through a lot. We’ve had challenges, injuries and more. But thanks to this fantastic group of players, the staff, and our people of the FA, we were able to make it to the final of the World Cup. 

‘Many thanks to all the Lionesses fans who gave us such incredible support.’

There were concerns at the start of the tournament about the level of enthusiasm in Australia and New Zealand, countries often associated more with cricket, Rugby or Aussie rules than football, for the World Cup.

No such problems occurred, with over two million people entering stadiums across the tournament. 

The sell-out crowd for Spain’s semi-final win over Spain at Eden Park equaled the highest attendance for a men’s or women’s match in New Zealand.

On the host countries, Wiegman added: ‘To every city and town we’ve visited in Australia – a thank you for the warmth and respect you’ve shown us.

‘Australia and New Zealand you deserve so much praise for a fantastic and record-breaking tournament.

Spain’s win means they are now World Champions at senior, U-17 and U-20 level

Lucy Bronze said after the game that winning gold at the Olympics in Paris was England’s ‘next goal’

‘With tournaments like this and the great and professional organisation, we can all continue to build on the further development of women’s football across the world.’

She also congratulated Spain, who are now World Champions at U-17, U-20 and senior level, and thanked her family for their ‘unconditional support.’ 

Despite Sunday’s loss, Wiegman remains one of the highest-rated coaches in the game and will lead England in their next game as they kick off their Nations League campaign against Scotland at the Stadium of Light on September 22.

Eyes are already turning to next year’s Olympics, which Lucy Bronze admitted was England’s ‘next goal’ after the World Cup.

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