A crushed and tear-stained Ellen White stated she “would have given up every single goal to win a gold medal”, after Team GB suffered a bruising 4-3 defeat by Australia in further time of their Olympic semi-final.
Team GB had come from behind to steer till an 89th-minute objective from the Chelsea striker Sam Kerr pressured one other half-hour.
“I’m devastated,” stated White, who scored six objectives throughout the event together with a hat-trick within the defeat by the Matildas. “I really thought we could win the game. I thought we played some amazing football. I really thought that with this group of players we would go on to win gold. So yeah, absolutely heartbroken, but I couldn’t be more proud of the team and the staff.”
Cancellations pressured by the pandemic meant that Team GB performed one warm-up sport, as soon as they had been in Japan for the Games. Hege Riise had solely been given the supervisor’s job in March after the previous England head coach Phil Neville left for Inter Miami.
“We haven’t been together very long but the relationships, the connections, the family-like feel, it’s been amazing,” stated White. “It’s a horrible feeling but I wish Australia the best of luck in the next round.” The Australians will face Sweden, who beat the hosts Japan 3-1, within the semi-finals.
Performances had been sturdy regardless of the troublesome buildup. “We were so close,” White stated. “That’s why we love and hate football at the same time. I can’t fault anybody; we gave absolutely everything in 90 minutes and then extra time.”
After her two objectives had put Team GB in entrance White stated they felt “good” however she added: “It’s just those fine margins in football. We’ll have to regroup as players and go again.”
How do you do this? “That’s a good question. How do you do that?” she mirrored. “I’ll be laying on the sofa for a few weeks. It’s hard. I don’t know how many times you can get knocked down and get back up again but I love football.
“It’s hard, it’s challenging but it’s the love for the game and the want and the will to win trophies, the want to be the best player and the want to play international tournaments and play for your club. I’m not saying it’s a walk in the park because everyone is heartbroken in there but I know everyone will get back up again and strive to be better.”