Former England captains offer support to Lionesses

Thursday 02 Jul 2015
Kelly Smith and Faye White featured in the last World Cup in Germany 2011
Former England captains Faye White and Kelly Smith have led the tributes to the Lionesses following their World Cup exit.

Mark Sampson’s side were beaten 2-1 by Japan in Edmonton in the early hours of Thursday, with Laura Bassett’s agonising late own-goal proving enough to knock out England.

Japan 2-1 England

FIFA Women's World Cup
Canada 2015
Wednesday 1 July 2015
Edmonton, Canada

But former skipper White, who missed England’s decisive penalty in a shoot-out against France four years ago, was full of praise for her former team-mates, who created a number of chances against the reigning world champions before the stoppage-time blow.

Posting on her Twitter account, the ex-Arsenal defender said: “Have felt pain like that and wouldn't wish it on anyone. The margins at the top are so small. We win and lose as a TEAM.

"@laurabassett6 you have been immense. A true rock and put in performances you can be so proud of. #Holdyourheadup You’re a true pro.

"Now we just need a small % of TV audiences watching #ENG to support with their feet & go out to @FAWSL games! Support the players & teams!"

Smith was equally encouraging for the unfortunate Notts County defender, who had been a mainstay of the team throughout their World Cup campaign in Canada and throughout qualifying.

"@laurabassett6 Hold your head up high girl. 

"You have lead by example and been IMMENSE all tournament. We love you."

By FA Staff