Alessia Russo and Lotte Wubben-Moy have to settle for being World Cup runners-up after England were beaten 1-0 by Spain in Sunday’s World Cup Final.
Russo was a starter, having started every game in the competition, while Lotte Wubben-Moy was an unused sub, a fate she also experienced in every game.
Spain left-back Olga Carmona’s first half goal was enough to win the game for Spain, despite Mary Earps saving a second half penalty from Jenni Hermoso.
Russo was substituted at half-time as the Lionesses struggled for a hold in the game but the change, if anything, made things worse for England as they lost any outlet to hold the ball upfront.
Arsenal bound Laia Codina started at centre-half for Spain but was subbed on 76 minutes with an injury. She will sign for the club next week. The Gunners face Linkoping in a Champions League qualifier in Sweden in 17 days’ time and, given the importance of the fixture, all of the players who took part in games in Australia this weekend will almost certainly be called back to play.
It means that Arsenal players scored a total of 11 goals in the competition, with Swedish centre-half Amanda Ilestedt bagging four, Alessia Russo three, Steph Catley two and Stina Blackstenius and Caitlin Foord a goal a piece. Amanda Ilestedt was voted the third best player at the tournament. Arsenal’s players who exited during the group stage have rejoined the squad for pre-season training. Arseblog News will be in Linkoping for Arsenal’s UWCL qualifiers there at the beginning of September.