Published 2 July 2015

"All football fans around the country will I hope join me in sending their thanks to the Lionesses for what has been a thrilling ride in the World Cup. We were reminded last night that part of what makes the game great is the emotional roller coaster it can send us on.

I know the team are bitterly disappointed, but I hope more than that they will be proud of what they have achieved. They've inspired thousands of girls and boys around the country and entered history as one of England's great teams. I wish them the best of luck for their game on Saturday."