England finished second in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup after losing 0-1 to Spain
England finished second in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup after losing 0-1 to Spain

Prince William says the Lionesses have made the "nation proud" after World Cup final loss

The president of England's Football Association, Prince William has paid tribute to the nation's senior women's football team, Lionesses after they were defeated 1-0 by Spain in the final of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup which was played at the Sydney Stadium in Australia on Sunday, August 20.

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"Although it’s the result none of us wanted, Lionesses you have done yourselves and this nation proud," he wrote on Twitter.

"Your spirit & drive have inspired so many people and paved the way for generations to come. Thank you for the footballing memories."

"Congratulations to Spain," he added.

Earlier, Prince William sent a message of support to the Lionesses ahead of  the match, apologising for not being able to attend.

Alongside Princess Charlotte, William said in a video message on Saturday: "Lionesses, we want to send you a huge good luck for tomorrow.

"We're sorry we can't be there in person, but we're so proud of everything you've achieved and the millions you've inspired here and around the world. So go out there tomorrow and really enjoy yourselves."

"Good luck, Lionesses," Charlotte added.

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