Coming third was the least Mark Sampson's side deserved at the World Cup.

England's Lionesses a resounding highlight in 2015

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2015 saw England's women go further in the World Cup than their male counterparts had done since 1966, underlining a revolution of the women’s game.

The Lionesses travelled to Canada with the hope, and perhaps expectancy, of achieving something similar to what we associate with the men’s side at major tournaments - a quarter-final finish. After opening their campaign with a 1-0 loss to France, though, the usual critics soon voiced their opinions.

However, they were soon silenced by consecutive 2-1 victories on match day two and three against Mexico and Colombia as England stormed into the round of 16, where Mark Sampson's side prepared themselves to face Norway in Ottawa.


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England came back from 1-0 down to find an equaliser through captain Steph Houghton before right-back Lucy Bronze hit a stunning winner from outside the box to carry her nation into the quarter-finals.

In the semis, Bronze once again stepped up with a crucial goal that put the Lionesses 2-0 up against host nation Canada in Vancouver just three minutes after Jodie Taylor had given England the lead.

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Although the hosts replied with a goal through captain Christine Sinclair, they could not find another and the travelling side marched into the final four.

Following the incredible success that had already been achieved, the semi-final fixture against Japan was perhaps the moment that really cemented England's woman a place in the hearts of the nation.

England v Germany:  3rd Place Play-off - FIFA Women's World Cup 2015

Lining up against the then-World Cup champions, England faced their toughest test yet but once again appeared unfazed.

Falling behind to Miyama’s penalty shortly after the half hour mark, midfield maestro Fara Williams soon levelled the score in the same fashion. With the affair seemingly destined for extra time, centre-half Laura Basset was unfortunate to see her deflection hit the back of her own net.


Despite the loss, the Lionesses showed what they were made of in beating Germany 1-0 and claiming third place - an excellent achievement. 

With a peak 2.4 million viewers tuning in to follow England's efforts, women's football is in a better position now than ever before; now, it is over to the FA and the nation's fans to carry on their support and ensure the rise only continues.

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