Pride on line for old foes

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

ENG­LAND and Ger­many wipe away the tears as they play for pride and third place at the Women’s World Cup in Ed­mon­ton’s Com­mon­wealth Sta­dium to­mor­row morn­ing.

It was not the fi­nal game ei­ther had dreamt of but af­ter a month of gru­elling foot­ball and an emo­tional roller- coaster ride to the semi- fi­nals both sides are de­ter­mined to fin­ish on a high.

A 92nd- minute own- goal from Notts County de­fender Laura Bas­sett ended Eng­land’s fairy­tale run to their first semi­fi­nals with a 2- 1 loss to de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Ja­pan.

It brought back mem­o­ries of Italia ‘ 90 when Paul Gas­coigne cried his way into English hearts in their last semi­fi­nal in the men’s tour­na­ment, then los­ing on penal­ties to West Ger­many.

That time Eng­land fin­ished fourth, but this time the women’s team are de­ter­mined to go home with a medal.

“I think we can hold our heads high and we have to pick our­selves up to go and play against Ger­many,” Eng­land cap­tain Steph Houghton said.

“There’s a group of girls that give ev­ery­thing for the jer­sey and we have to take that into the game on Satur­day. We want to fin­ish third if we can.”

Eng­land mid­fielder Fara Wil­liams told FIFA. com: “We need to give one more big per­for­mance against the Ger­mans.

“It will need to be a class per­for­mance.”

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