England finish 4th at World Cup

England finished 4th at the Women’s World Cup as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Sweden in Nice on Saturday afternoon in the 3rd/4th place playoff.

Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson’s first half goals saw the Swedes pick up the bronze medal taking advantage of a sloppy England performance.

Chelsea’s Fran Kirby did respond however with a superb individual move and finish as she curled her effort beyond the reach of former Blues teammate Hedvig Lindahl in the Sweden goal.

England had been hoping to pick up their second consecutive World Cup bronze medal and they saw a goal disallowed due to Var minutes after Kirby had pulled the goal back when Ellen Whites effort was chalked off for handball.

Nilla Fischer then came to Sweden’s rescue late on as she made a superb block on the line when Lucy Bronze drilled a strike goal-wards but it was cleared off the line by the head of the defender.

Lindahl then made two excellent saves late in to keep out White on both occasions as she missed out on the Golden Boot when she was played in by Karen Carney on her final appearance but her low effort was well tipped away by the keeper.

Beth Mead had a good early chance to put England ahead but the impressive Arsenal winger drilled her effort straight at Lindahl when she really should have done better.

Jade Moore then hit the post for Phil Neville’s side as they grew increasingly frustrated when she was played in one on one but just couldn’t finish what proved to be a glorious opportunity.

So an end to England’s time in France but they can look back with many positives and lots to learn on going into the future months.

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