England will look to bounce back from their heartbreaking semi-final exit from the Women’s World Cup when they face Germany in the third place play-off in Edmonton on Saturday.
The Lionesses suffered a cruel exit against Japan in the early hours of Thursday morning (BST), as Laura Bassett’s unfortunate own goal in injury-time saw them lose 2-1 to the holders.
The match had been looking to go to extra time after Fara Williams’ penalty cancelled out Aya Miyama’s opener from the spot, before Bassett’s unlucky late intervention.
After such a devastating result, Mark Sampson will be tasked with getting his side up for the game against the Germans, as they look to finish the tournament positively with bronze medals.
The Lionesses don’t have the best record against the two-time winners though, and haven’t beaten their European opponents in the last seven meetings, going down 3-0 in the most recent of those at Wembley.
One of the most intriguing battles could come between Bassett and Germany striker Celia Sasic, the top goalscorer of the tournament with six goals, as the duo will be looking to bounce back from their last four woes.
Sasic missed from the penalty spot just minutes before the USA took the lead themselves from 12 yards, and the Americans went on to win the match 2-0.
Elsewhere, Karen Carney could come back into the starting line-up for the Lionesses after she was replaced by Toni Duggan in the week, while Lucy Bronze, who has been shortlisted for the Golden Ball, the award given to the best player at the World Cup, will also start.
Shoot Says: England 0-1 Germany