England ‘devastated’ after Dutch defeat

England head coach Mark Sampson said there were “24 devastated women in the dressing room” after the 3-0 semi-final defeat by the Netherlands at Euro 2017.

With holders Germany already out, Sampson’s side were favourites to win their first major trophy but struggled against the hosts, who will now face Denmark in Sunday’s final.

“They’ve shed a lot of tears,” said Sampson after Thursday’s match.

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“I made some mistakes. I’ll go away and reflect and do a better job next time.”

Arsenal pair Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk put the Dutch in control before England defender Millie Bright scored a stoppage-time own goal.

England forward Ellen White had a strong penalty appeal turned down at the end of the first half when she was barged by Desiree van Lunteren, while Lucy Bronze and Jodie Taylor both also had claims for a spot-kick rejected.

Jade Moore headed against a post and substitute Toni Duggan had an effort cleared off the line, but England struggled to keep possession for long periods.

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