Silver Ball for Lucy no consolation
Lucy Bronze won the Silver Ball at the Women’s World Cup in France at the weekend, but it was no consolation after England missed out on the main prize.
The Lionesses reached the semi-finals, where they were beaten by the USA, and then on Saturday, they also missed out on the bronze medal when they lost the third-placed play-off match 2-1 against Sweden.
The USA went on to win the final, a nd win the competition for the fourth time, by beating the Netherlands in Sunday’s final, when Megan Rapione also won the Golden Boot as the top scorer (six goals and three assists), and the Golden Ball as the best player.
Berwick-born Bronze, who was brought up in Belford and Alnwick, and who now plays her club football with Lyon in France, was named as second best player, for which she received the Silver Ball.
But afterwards the former Sunderland and Manchester City player Tweeted:
“With a heavy heart we go home today. We fell short of our main objective – winning.
“But we’ve learnt more than ever before and we will make it to the top.
“I am very humbled to receive a personal award, but really it’s not the trophy I wanted to take home.
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“Proud to be able to represent the Lionesses and know this wouldn’t be possible without all my teammates. This one is for them, and towards our future … onwards and upwards.
“Thank you to everyone for all the support and messages through the tournament.”
Bronze’s award came just a week after England manager Phil Neville had described her as ‘the best player in the world.’
She later admitted in a press conference: “He tells me that every day.”
England’s exploits at the 2019 World Cup have left what is hoped will be a lasting legacy, as research indicates that more girls than ever before have taken up the game.
The team are hoping to forge a path for future generations to follow.
A record 11.7 million watched England’s semi-final game against the USA and the authorities are now hoping this transcends into bigger attendances at league games throughout the season.