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2023 Women's World Cup

England searches for pride amongst immense World Cup final disappointment

James Whitehead / SPP

A historic first-ever World Cup final has never tasted so bitter. At least for the time being.

Once the final whistle of the World Cup final was blown in Sydney, the England players were despondent as they floated around the Spanish pandemonium. The wound of defeat on the game’s biggest stage is about as raw as they come.

Some had a thousand yard stares, gazing off into the emptying corners of Stadium Australia. Others sank to the ground, perhaps with the faint hope it might actually swallow them up. But they all watched the Spanish collect their winners’ medals, lift the World Cup, set off fireworks and bathe in gold confetti.

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