Skipper insists Lionesses are ready to bounce back

Friday 03 Jul 2015
England Women's captain Steph Houghton
England captain Steph Houghton said her team-mates are ready to bounce back from their crushing World Cup semi-final defeat – and use it as motivation in the match for third place.

The Lionesses were denied a place in the final of Canada 2015 when a freak added-time own goal by Laura Bassett gave holders Japan a narrow win in Edmonton.

They now face eight-time European champions, and the world’s No1-ranked side, Germany in a third/fourth-place play-off.

England v Germany

FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015
Third Place Match
9pm (BST), Saturday 4 July 2015
Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Live on BBC3

England have never beaten Germany in 20 previous attempts.

Houghton said: "The squad is in a good place right now.

"Obviously we've been through a lot over the last few days but I think we've got to look forward to playing Germany, who are one of the best in the world, and we've got a chance of winning the bronze medal.

“Everyone is really motivated for that.

"There's no doubt that within this squad the togetherness is as strong as ever."

Houghton went on to offer words of support to her centre back partner Bassett following the heartbreaking own goal.

The 27-year-old added: "I think the professional that she is, she knows we've got a job to do against Germany and she's a fantastic player and a fantastic person.

"Of course she's not going to be totally 100 per cent, but I know she'll do everything she can to get us back to winning ways and hopefully put in another fantastic performance like she has done all tournament, because she's been amazing and one of the stand-out players for us."

By Glenn Lavery In Edmonton