England’s women footballers have returned to the UK after achieving the best-placed finish by a national team at a World Cup since the men’s side won on home soil in 1966.
The Lionesses were met by fans when they landed at Heathrow after finishing third in Canada with their first-ever victory over the world’s No 1 side Germany in the Bronze medal match.
“It just goes to show what this team has meant to the English public over the course of last month, so I’m really privileged to turn up here and see so many happy faces.
“It’s a special achievement from the team; they’ve been incredible over the last month in this tournament. To achieve something that only one England team has previously achieved, just shows how big of an achievement that is.”
USA claimed the trophy with a stunning 5-2 demolition of Japan in Sunday’s final and Sampson hopes England’s own success at the tournament can help the women’s game grow.