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Women's World Cup: Germany v England in third-place play-off

England take on Germany in the Women’s World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday evening, as they look to bounce back from their agonising semi-final defeat to Japan.

Laura Bassett’s last-minute own goal consigned Mark Sampson’s side to a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the reigning champions, who face the USA in Monday morning’s final.

England have enjoyed a thoroughly successful tournament, and Sampson has issued a challenge to his side to build on their campaign in Canada.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “The challenge not just for this team but the England women’s football community is how to build on this.

“Let’s not forget women’s football around the globe is catching on, a lot of nations are investing a lot of money.

“We’re still playing catch up with them. We’ve got to raise the bar and give this national team a chance to come back as winners.

“We nearly got there this year. We’ve got to get more girls playing the game, have more centres so they can play and gain experience. It's a long way to go, but this has been a big step up in the gears.”

Lucy Bronze is the only injury worry for England, after the full-back had to be withdrawn during the defeat to Japan, with Alex Scott likely to deputise.

Toni Duggan impressed against Japan as she started in place of Karen Carney, so Sampson may choose to stick with the Manchester City striker against Germany.

Sampson has also confirmed that Bassett will start in central defence. 

Reigning European champions Germany were forced to settle for a place in the play-off as striker Celia Sasic missed a penalty, before Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara sealed a 2-0 win for the USA.


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  • Women's World Cup: Germany v England in third-place play-off


  • England take on Germany in the Women’s World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday evening, as they look to bounce back from their agonising semi-final defeat to Japan.

  • England's Laura Bassett: 'I wish no-one knew my name'


  • Laura Bassett says she is still deeply hurting after her stoppage-time own goal ended England Women’s World Cup dream.

  • England defender Lucy Bronze nominated for World Cup award


  • England defender Lucy Bronze has been named on the shortlist for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Ball.

  • England Women's boss Mark Sampson insists it's time they beat the Germans


  • England Women's head coach Mark Sampson has challenged his team to beat Germany once and for all, and return from the Women's World Cup as Europe's best side.

  • Women's World Cup: Mark Sampson issues challenge to England women


  • Mark Sampson has challenged England's women’s team to build on their successful World Cup.

  • England bow out of Women's World Cup after added-time own goal


  • Laura Bassett's injury-time own goal saw England suffer a heartbreaking exit from the Women's World Cup with a 2-1 defeat to reigning champions Japan.

  • England Women's coach Mark Sampson backs Laura Bassett


  • Mark Sampson told Laura Bassett to "let it all out" after her injury-time own goal eliminated England from the Women's World Cup in the semi-finals.

  • Richard Scudamore says Premier League clubs will resist 'artificial quotas'


  • Premier League clubs are likely to reject Greg Dyke’s proposals to increase the number of English players in top division, says Richard Scudamore.

  • Rachel Yankey backs Laura Bassett to respond to World Cup error


  • Rachel Yankey believes England defender Laura Bassett will be desperate to face Germany this weekend as she bids to get her fatal World Cup mistake against Japan out of her system.

  • England players rally round Laura Bassett after own goal misery


  • Steph Houghton says it is up to her and her team-mates to pick Laura Bassett up after her own goal knocked England out of the Women's World Cup.

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