Mark Sampson spoke of his pride at his Lionesses’ performance at Euro 2017
England suffered a heartbreaking 3-0 defeat against host nation Netherlands in Enschede to bring their dreams of the title to an end.
But head coach Mark Sampson felt the scoreline was harsh on his side.
“They’re obviously devastated in there, but I’m incredibly proud of them,” said Sampson, whose team had been among the best in the competition to reach the last four.
“The players’ performance was there, the attitude was there but we’ve got a group of devastated women in that changing room now.”
Sampson also focused on the positives from his team’s displays throughout the campaign.
“We didn’t really get any decisions today, from our point of view, we’ve done well to work the opportunities but I’m just incredibly proud of the players to put on a performance like that tonight.
“They’ve all worked so hard over the last year to get themselves into the condition to come and compete at these championships.
Over the course of the tournament, they’ve been one of the best teams here, but in tournament football, small things can make a big difference.”
Sampson believes England are on the right track though, following on from their displays at Euro 2017 and finishing third at the last World Cup two years ago.
And he aims to take all of the new experiences from this campaign into the next one, the 2019 World Cup in France, which starts against Russia at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park on Tuesday 19 September.