04 Jul Women’s World Cup:’I thought we were the better side’ – England captain Steph Houghton’heartbroken’ after USWNT reduction
The Lionesses captain was pleased of her side showing against the best side in the world, following her missed punishment proved the vital second
England captain Steph Houghton says she believed her side would be the greater team despite their 2-1 defeat to the U.S. women’s nationwide team at Tuesday’s Women’s World Cup semi-final.
Houghton missed a penalty in the second half but had been proud of her side’s showing from the planet’s number one-ranked team and current World Cup holders.
The Lionesses had an Ellen White goal ruled out for offside in addition to the punishment that was missed, and appeared to match with the USA well following an originally frenzied beginning.
Talking to BBC Radio 5 Live , Houghton stated:”I am heartbroken but I am very pleased with this team since we fought hard in this particular tournament. It had been close against the finest team from the Earth, however we’re so disappointed.
“I believed we had been the better side concerning the way we played football, but finally, lapses in concentration cost us.
“I have told today that I had been on the penalties and that I was convinced because I was scoring all weekbut I did not connect with it correctly and the goalkeeper figured the ideal way.”
Using gold -boot chasing White and Nikita Parris equally on the pitch, a few fans were astonished to see Houghton measure upward, but the Manchester City defender is a normal set-piece taker — scoring the opener at the past 16 against Cameroon by an immediate free-kick.
England boss Phil Neville stood with his captain following the match, and White was quick to defend the Manchester City defender too.
“The individual stepping up requires a great deal of guts and we will not ever place anything on Steph,” White told BBC Sport .
“She is our leader. We are going to rally them around and get them prepared for Saturday.
“I will cry. I am devastated to not get to the closing. All I believe is pride for my own team-mates.
“USA had an wonderful game and we simply could not match them. I am pleased to be British and that I want them all the very best in the closing.
“We gave everything. In the first half we were cluttered. We got ourselves back into the match with the aim and it is bitterly disappointing.
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“We have an incredible squad and we all had so much belief that we would reach this final but we simply could not do this on daily.”
Despite a ruled out, White proceeded to six objects in the contest with her first-half equaliser, completing the match tied together with Alex Morgan from the gold boot race.
Together with Morgan playing at the closing and White from the third-place play-off, both forward will have an additional opportunity to produce the decoration their own against the Netherlands or Sweden.