Lauren Hemp speaks exclusively to Sky Sports about the fallout from the Women's World Cup final, including the disappointment of losing, while expressing solidarity with the Spain team, who are battling with their federation for changes to be made
Sky Sports News reporter
Wednesday 20 September 2023 09:09, UK
Lauren Hemp has said England Women's World Cup final loss to Spain in Sydney last month has only fuelled the desire to win more international silverware.
After running eventual winners Spain so close, losing out to an Olga Carmona goal, forward Hemp believes England's «talented group» are «hungrier than ever» for success, but also admitted it's «taken time to process» the bitter disappointment of August's defeat.
Beyond the football, Hemp expressed her solidarity with winners Spain, after the fallout from the World Cup medal ceremony where now-disgraced former FA president Luis Rubiales kissed midfielder Jenni Hermoso, serving to overshadow the Spain teams' on-field achievements.
Since then, thirty-nine Spanish female players — including all but two of the World Cup squad — raised further safety concerns and demanded additional federation changes, with a deal being agreed on Wednesday morning. Details of the changes are yet to be announced.
«It'll take time to fully process the World Cup,» Hemp said in an exclusive chat with 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."
On Spain, Hemp said: «It'sRead on skysports.com