England missed out on a bronze medal following a 2-1 loss to Sweden in the FIFA Women’s World Cup third-place playoff in Nice.

The Lionesses’ poor defending from the semi-final defeat against the USA continued as a weak attempt at a clearance from Alex Greenwood fell kindly to Kosovare Asllani, who knocked the ball past Carly Telford to open the scoring in the 11th minute.

Sweden’s dominance continued and Sofia Jakobsson would add her name to the scoresheet in the 22nd minute following some link-up play down the left-hand side that resulted in a superb curling finish.

England battled back and reduced the deficit on the half-hour mark after Jill Scott played a fantastic pass to Fran Kirby on the right wing, who cut across and curled a low left-footed shot that bounced off the inside of the far post and in.

Ellen White then thought that she completed a remarkable comeback less than two minutes later with a low finish, but it would be disallowed after VAR ruled that she handled the ball.

Both teams created very little in the second half, with Karen Carney coming on for the final 20 minutes to win her 144th and final cap for the Lionesses after announcing her international retirement on Friday.

Despite England’s best efforts to try and take the game to extra time, including a volley from Lucy Bronze being cleared off the line, it wasn’t enough as Sweden held on and won their third bronze medal.

Here are the player ratings from today’s game: