Quotes: Germany-England

Silvia Neid, Germany coach* *It wasn’t difficult to prepare for this match. Of course the players were sad after the semi-final defeat, but that only lasted for a day, and then we got our focus back and tried to work on certain points that we were keen to improve. In terms of preparation, the work we did was good, but our performance was not. I’m not surprised by the progress that England have made since our match with them at Wembley, and we saw what they were capable of throughout the tournament, where they got better with every match. They continue to improve and today, they really wanted this win, causing us a lot of problems, especially when it came to winning 50-50 balls.

Mark Sampson, England coach* *It’s a lot nicer to be in the position we are today than after our last match. It’s really an incredible result when you take into account the challenge we were facing and the quality of our opponents. We were able to bounce back after our semi-final experience, and our performance shows how much quality we have in our squad. Claiming third place in this competition while finally beating Germany and finishing as the best European team are the things that people will remember about this side. It took some time to put the semi-final to the back of our minds. We really thought that we could win this World Cup, which made the way in which we were eliminated even crueller. All we wanted to show today was that, although we can be beaten, we can also get back up on our feet.