Lauren Hemp stated that the England Women’s World Cup final loss to Spain in Sydney last month has only increased their desire to win more international silverware.
After coming so close to winning against Spain, with Olga Carmona scoring the decisive goal, Hemp, a forward, believes that England’s “talented group” is now “more determined than ever” to achieve success.
She also acknowledged that it has taken some time to come to terms with the bitter disappointment of the August defeat.
Beyond the football aspect, Hemp expressed her support for the winning team, Spain, considering the controversy surrounding the World Cup medal ceremony, where the now-disgraced former FA president Luis Rubiales kissed midfielder Jenni Hermoso, which overshadowed Spain’s on-field accomplishments.
Lauren Hemp wants to fully process the World Cup loss
Since then, thirty-nine Spanish female players, including almost the entire World Cup squad, raised further concerns about safety and demanded additional changes within the federation.
A deal has been reached on Wednesday morning, but the specifics of these changes have not yet been disclosed.
“It’ll take time to fully process the World Cup,” Hemp said to Sky Sports. “Now we’ve got a different focus, the hunger and desire in the team is higher than ever. We were gutted to lose the final, I’m proud of everything we did, but we wanted to win.
“It makes us want to be successful. This is a great group to be around. It’s exciting to be among this talented squad – we know we can win things. We want to go that extra step.”
Additionally, On Spain, Hemp said: “It’s horrible to see. As a group of players, we want to show our solidarity. It’s important we stand with them, and whatever decisions the Spain players have to make.
“We’re always going to support them – it’s not fair. They don’t deserve this. They deserve to be recognised for what they did at the World Cup.
“It’s important we show our respect, things like that shouldn’t happen, and it’s important that it is recognised. We want to help the women’s game grow – this is not what you need to do that.”