England 0-1 Spain - latest: World Cup dream ends in agony - but Prince and PM 'proud' as Lionesses hailed as 'heroes' (2024)

Key points
  • Spain prevail 1-0 to win first World Cup
  • Prince William sends message after defeat
  • 'It's really hard to take' - Millie Bright addresses Lionesses' loss
  • Today's prize pot is four times smaller than money awarded at men's World Cup
  • This isn't how it was meant to end for England - but Spain managed to turn disharmony into delirium | Rob Harris
  • In pictures: England fans left in tears|Heartbreak for Lionesses| Five standout moments in the final
  • 'Well done', 'keep positive' and 'we all feel that pain' - Fans' messages to the Lionesses
  • Live reporting by Jess Sharp


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That's all our live coverage of the Women's World Cup final - thank you for following along.

We hope you aren't all too gutted by today's result, which saw Spain lift the trophy after beating England 1-0.

While it's not coming home this year, it's clear the country has a team to be proud of - thank you Lionesses.

To read about the match as it happened and all the latest reaction, scroll down below.

See you again for hopefully a different result in four years...


Sunak faces jibes after appearing to make mistake in commiseration tweet

Rishi Sunak has been poked fun at for making a mistake in his commiseration tweet to the Lionesses.

The prime minister told the England football team: "You left absolutely nothing out there, Lionesses."

But eagle-eyed critics have pointed out he had muddled what was intended to be a supportive comment about Sarina Wiegman's side's efforts in the match.

"I think the phrase is 'absolutely everything' PM," senior Labour MP Angela Eagle said.

Broadcaster Jon Sopel, host of The News Agents podcast, also pointed out the error, saying: "Everything, surely!?"

Shelagh Fogarty, a presenter on LBC, joked that the tweet had been "written by a 16-year-old Spad (special adviser)".

Mr Sunak has faced criticism for not travelling to Sydney, Australia, to watch the final in person.


In pictures: Five standout moments from the final

Just one goal was scored in today's match - but that doesn't mean it was a boring match.

There were plenty of tense moments as England came close to scoring, and goalkeeper Mary Earps made some stunning saves.

Here are five key points in the final:

Spain's one and only goal

Even Mary, Queen of Stops couldn't prevent Olga Carmona's goal, with the Spaniard driving in straight into the bottom corner.

A beautiful save

Earps could stop Spain from scoring their penalty after a handball was given in the second half, though - and she did so brilliantly.

Hemp hits the bar

England had several shots, but one of the closest ones was by Lauren Hemp who curled the bar onto the crossbar just 15 minutes into the game.

Greenwood's bloody head

In the second half of the game, Alex Greenwood fell to the ground after being hit by an elbow in the head.

She was bleeding, but after being bandaged up and a quick kit change, she returned to the pitch to continue.

Protester on the pitch

Of course, we can't forget the brief intrusion by a protester.

The pitch invader, dressed in a t-shirt with the slogan "Stop Putler" on it, was quickly dragged off by Stadium Australia stewards.


'Well fought', 'you are mighty warriors', and 'heroes in our eyes': Fans send messages to Lionesses

Since the final whistle blew, our readers have been sending in messages of support for the Lionesses.

Here are some of the latest ones we have received.

Well fought game! True inspiration to us all, even for people not from England. Mary Earps - amazing performance!

Congratulations to the England ladies in getting to the World Cup Final but very disappointed that no senior member of the British royal family were present or a leading British politician. Very poor from our so-called leaders.

You return to England as heroes in our eyes. You have inspired so many young girls and shown them that dreams really do come true. You are the true influencers of our generation. As a mother of an aspiring female footballer, I am so proud that my daughter has you all to look up too. Well done Lionesses and keep on roaring - Nicola McCluskey, Leicester.

Hold your heads up. You did your best and we can't ask for more than that. We are all disappointed but this must hit you the hardest. There will probably be things you have learned. Move on. Hopefully most of you will still be around for the next world cup so prepare yourselves to try again. Rest on your laurels; you've done better than our men since 1966 and they were mighty warriors, the like of which we are still waiting to see. You are mighty warriors so remember that if nothing else.

As a 41-year-old man who has followed football all his life I was never interested in the women's game. I thought it was weaker, slower and boring. In recent years that has changed massively, and I realise that I was too naive to see that all brilliant things are carried on the shoulders of the giants that came before. I was in a local pub today with my two daughters and was emotionally touched by the amount of young girls and boys in kits cheering England on. The Lionesses may not have won today, but they broke the bank in a lot of other ways. We are so proud of you ladies. From a massive fan - Mark

To all the Lionesses. This was not the result we would have liked. Having said that; such is life; every one of you made such a valiant effort and have gone through the learning curve now. We look forward to 2027 when you will show the world how great you really are - Richie Barker, Limassol, Cyprus.


Carol Vorderman thanks Lionesses for giving women 'hope for the future'

Carol Vorderman has thanked the Lionesses for giving women "such hope for the future" after their World Cup dreams were dashed by Spain.

The former Countdown star congratulated Spain on their win, but went on to thank England for all they've "done for women in the UK".

"I know it won't feel like it now, but from an old bird whose early dreams were stopped by the 'system', you have given us such hope for the future (long after I've gone). Thank you," she said.


Lionesses are an 'inspiration for everyone', says Man City defender

Manchester City and England defender Maya Le Tissier said she is "gutted" at the World Cup final defeat, but "proud" of the Lionesses who are "an inspiration for everyone".

Speaking at a screening of the game in London's Olympic Park, she said the team came "so close" but the game just didn't go their way.

"We can be very proud of the players," she said. "They'll be an inspiration for everyone, all the girls and the boys that now want to play for England.

"They're a massive inspiration for everyone."


'Your place in the history books is assured' - King sends message to Lionesses after attending church instead of World Cup final

The King has sent a message to the Lionesses, saying they should not feel "defeated."

He said the team's place is set in the history books and their achievements will "serve as an inspiration for generations to come".

Here's his message in full:

"This brings you, your manager and all your support team my heartfelt thoughts and commiserations on the result of the World Cup final.

"While I know how sore it must be, let none of you feel defeated, for to have reached the final at all is an immense tribute to your skill, determination and team spirit in the finest sporting tradition.

"More than that, though, it will serve as an inspiration for generations to come - and, for that, your place in the history books is assured.

"With great admiration, congratulations to the Spanish team and with particular gratitude to the people of Australia and New Zealand for hosting such a wonderful tournament."

The King failed to attend the match in Australia, instead opting to attend a church near Balmoral with the Queen.

The pair spent around an hour at Crathie Kirk at a Sunday service which began at 11.30am while the England squad were being put through their paces in the tense clash in Sydney.


Wiegman: 'No plans to leave Lionesses for US'

Sarina Wiegman has said she intends to stay put as England boss after rumours she could be tempted into the US manager's chair.

Coach Vlatko Andonovski is stepping down following a disappointing World Cup campaign and Wiegman was among those tipped to fill the post.

But the 53-year-old issued a reassuring update before today's game: "I'm with England, I'm really happy with England and I have a contract until 2025.

"I'm really enjoying my job and I have the impression that people still like me doing that job. I have no plans to leave."

Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham said the organisation would refuse an American approach for the coach.


Golden Glove for Mary Earps

England goalkeeper Mary Earps has won the Golden Glove - an award given to the goalkeeper who has conceded the fewest goals in a tournament.

Despite the disappointing result, she did of course save a penalty during the final.

A great tournament for her, despite heartbreak at the end.


'We have the trophy - we deserve it'

Spain midfielder Aitana Bonmati has been named player of the tournament.

Discussing the team's victory, she said: "It's unbelievable. I'm so proud because we did a great tournament.

"We deserve it - we deserve it."

She told the BBC: "Everyone knew their goal, everyone is competitive, everyone is strong mentally.

"We have been working a lot of years for this moment.

"And we have the trophy."

England 0-1 Spain - latest: World Cup dream ends in agony - but Prince and PM 'proud' as Lionesses hailed as 'heroes' (2024)


Who won the Women's World Cup final today? ›

It was tense and incredibly competitive, but Spain ended up coming out on top in the 2023 Women's World Cup final with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over England at Stadium Australia in Sydney. Olga Carmona scored the only goal of the game with a clinical-driven finish from out on the left.

Did England or Spain win? ›

SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Spain defeated England 1-0 in the Women's World Cup final on Sunday, capping off a tournament that has broken attendance and TV records and raised hopes of a surge in interest for the women's game.

Have Spain won the Women's World Cup? ›

From turmoil to triumph, Spain earns its first Women's World Cup title with a 1-0 win over England - ABC News.

Who scored England's goals in the 1966 World Cup final? ›

England defeated West Germany 4–2 in the final to win their first ever World Cup title. The final had finished at 2–2 after 90 minutes and went to extra time, when Geoff Hurst scored two goals to complete his hat-trick, the first to be scored in a men's World Cup final.

Who won womens football? ›

Spain's women's national football team win their first World Cup, defeating England 1-0 on Sunday. Madrid, Spain – As the thermometer crept up towards the high mark of 38 degrees Celsius, the empty streets started to fill with red-and-yellow shirts.

How many women's World Cup winners? ›

Australia is the most successful team, having won seven titles and failed to make the final on only three occasions. England (four titles) and New Zealand (one title) are the only other teams to have won the event, while India (twice) and the West Indies (once) have each reached the final without going on to win.

Why did Spain lose to England? ›

While the Armada tried to get in touch with the Spanish army, the English ships attacked fiercely. However, an important reason why the English were able to defeat the Armada was that the wind blew the Spanish ships northwards.

Has England ever won the Women's World Cup? ›

The finale guaranteed a first-time Women's World Cup winner as neither Spain or England had ever hoisted the trophy.

Where is the 2023 Women's World Cup? ›

Where is World Cup? ›

Who won the war between England and Spain? ›

This Nine Years War (1594–1603) was eventually won by the English but only with great brutality and at great expense of men and treasure.

Who won FIFA World Cup 2023? ›

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The Spain women's national football team has represented Spain in international women's football competition since 1980, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.

Has the Women's World Cup ended? ›

Spain have won the World Cup, defeating England 1-0. The Spanish took the lead with a great strike from Captain Olga Carmona who drove into the England penalty area and hit a hard and low shot into the bottom left corner. Spain's Jennifer Hermoso had a penalty saved by England goalkeeper Mary Earps in the second half.

When did England defeat Spain? ›

Spanish Armada
DateJuly – August 1588
LocationEnglish Channel and the British Isles
ResultAnglo-Dutch victory

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