The BBC announced that the live semi-final against the USA attracted 11.7million viewers – the corporation’s biggest audience of the year – and amazing achievement.
Phil Neville’s side were beaten 2-1 against the States, with a crowd of more than 50,000 inside the stadium at Lyon.
City’s Ellen White scored England’s goal and had another ruled out for offside by VAR late on.
Loads more sport to come, and Hamilton, Sterling, Asher-Smith rightly main contenders, but Ellen White will surely receive plenty of support for BBC SPOTY in December. Gave absolutely everything for #Lionesses at #FIFAWWWC— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) July 3, 2019
White also won the penalty that skipper Steph Houghton saw saved on 82 minutes in a thrilling match that didn’t disappoint.
England now go into the third-place play-off this Saturday where they will face the loser of the Netherlands or Sweden semi-final.
Former City winger Nikita Parris tweeted: “Gutted is an understatement. We gave everything but it wasn’t to be. Small margins make the difference and unfortunately they cost us on the night. I can’t express enough how amazing all your support has been, it really does mean a lot...thank you.”
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