Wambach 48, Boxx 57, Lilly 60



World Cup 2007, Quarter Final
1pm (BST), Saturday 22 September 2007
Tianjin Olympic Centre, Tianjin

It took almost an hour for the world number one side, USA, to break down England's resistance in Tianjin, but once it was broken England could not recover and were eliminated by three quick goals. But Powell stayed positive when looking back on England's first World Cup in 12 years.

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"I'm proud of what we achieved," Powell revealed.

"We have to respect that America are very clinical in front of goal but we certainly matched them and we played some attractive football.

"In the end we didn't show enough composure in front of goal. We did get at them at certain times but those minutes were crucial.

"There were some goalkeeping errors that were costly but we truly believed we could come here and do a job."

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With thrilling performances against Japan and Argentina, and a battling display filled with courage and application against the reigning champions Germany, England earned rave reviews and new supporters along the way in their World Cup journey. Now Powell is hoping the experience can boost the development of her players even more.

"We've put on a good display throughout the tournament and we'll learn a lot from it," Powell said.

"We've competed well, we've played attractive football and today we matched America at times.

"We certainly deserved to come this far and overall I feel that we've done well at the tournament. We'll build on our performances here, the experience will hold us in good stead and hopefully we'll be back in four years."