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We can still end journey on high: White

 

Medal ambition: Ellen White
Medal ambition: Ellen White

By Phil Medlicott

Ellen White says England have been hurting after their World Cup semi-final defeat but will be "putting everything" into tomorrow's third place play-off against Sweden.

Having been beaten 2-1 by defending champions the United States in Lyon on Tuesday, the Lionesses are now in Nice preparing to face the Swedes at the Allianz Riviera.

White, who scored her sixth goal of the tournament with a 19th-minute equaliser in Tuesday's dramatic encounter, thought she had levelled again in the second half, only for her finish to be ruled out on a marginal offside call following a VAR review.

The 30-year-old then won a late penalty, awarded via VAR, but Steph Houghton's spot-kick was saved by Alyssa Naeher.

White said: "Initially and yesterday it was still the same feeling of being really devastated and gutted to have not reached that final. I think we've taken a good few days to really feel that emotion.

"But I think we've come together now and we've said we'll be putting everything we can into and sticking together for this bronze medal match, and that's our priority now, to focus on that game against Sweden and hopefully get that result we want.

"We want to go away from this tournament now feeling really proud and having something to really hold on to."

England won the bronze medals in 2015 after beating Germany in the third place play-off.

White added: "We're in that situation again, we want to beat Sweden. Some of the players have never won a medal in a World Cup. It's an incredible achievement and we want to do it for the whole team, the staff, and for the country."

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