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F/T: Spain 1-0 England (Carmona, 30)
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Heartbreak for England as Spain are crowned World Cup winners in Sydney.
England battled, fought and gave everything they had, but they just weren't quite at the races today.
Spain, who were in disarray just a few months ago, become the fifth winners of the prestigious world crown.
The Lionesses will roar again, but today is all about Spain.
Olga Carmona's superb first-half strike proves the difference, and whilst Lauren Hemp went agonisingly close to opening the scoring with a wonderful effort that rattled the woodwork, Spain too had chances to put the game to bed after netting the opener.
Mary Earps was England's player of the match, making a couple of sublime saves, including a late penalty save to deny Jennifer Hermoso.
England's players are understandably heartbroken, but they have done themselves, and their country, immensely proud.
Take a bow girls!
A stoppage in play as Alex Greenwood receives lengthy treatment following a heavy knee to her head.
She has suffered a cut, but she is patched up and fine to continue. What a trooper.
Eight minutes of normal time remaining, plus plenty of stoppage time too.
Can England turn this around?
To Win The Trophy:
Spain - 1/12
England - 7/1
Mary Earps, take a bow!
The England stopper keeps England in the World Cup Final with a superb save to deny Hermoso from the penalty spot.
She dives down to her left and denies the Spaniard, just as the game looked to be moving away from the Lionesses.
There was so much deliberation surrounding the penalty, you wondered that when it was eventually given, how the taker would fare.
Hermoso looked nervous as she stood up to take it and Earps was down to swell to her left to deny her.
Game on - Come on England.
20 minutes to find a goal.
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With just 30 minutes of the encounter remaining, England are now 22/1 to turn the final on its head and claim victory in 90 minutes.
Remember, they have done it before!
Spain - 1/5
England - 22/1
Draw - 4/1
All seven of the goals scored in each of Spain's last two fixtures came after the 80th minute...
Could we be in for more late drama today?
Alternative Match Goals Market:
Over 1.5 Goals - 8/15
Over 2.5 Goals - 5/2
Over 3.5 Goals - 9/1
Under 1.5 Goals - 11/8
Under 2.5 Goals - 2/7
Under 3.5 Goals - 1/16
Russo and Daly are replaced by Lauren James and Chloe Kelly - bold changes by Sarina Wiegman as she looks to wrestle away control of the Women's World Cup Final from Spain.
England also switch back to a 3-5-2 formation, so fingers crossed it reaps its rewards.
Kelly is already pressing high up the pitch - it really is now or never for the Lionesses.
There goes the half-time whistle and England are behind.
Olga Carmona's superb strike on the half hour mark separates the sides at the break, and whilst England had their chances, there's no doubt that Spain have been the better side.
Their first-half dominance has them now installed as the heavy 1/6 favourites to lift the World Cup, with the Lionesses priced up at 4/1.
The two teams could barely be split prior to kick-off but England now have a real mountain to climb if they are to become world champions for the first time.
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England have got to get themselves back in the game because, at the minute, it's all Spain.
That goal has oozed zest and life into their game, and they are beginning to gain a real foothold on proceedings.
Shipping a second goal before the break would spell disaster for Sarina Wiegman's side, and she has to find a way to get her team back on the front foot.
Remember, they fell behind against Spain in the European Championship quarter-finals last year and ultimately prevailed, so fingers crossed they can likewise on this occasion.
The Lionesses are now 10/3 to Lift the Trophy.
Spain striker first and England are behind!
What a wonderful effort from , who bags her third international goal, and her second of the tournament after netting in the semi-final too.
For the second time this summer, England are going to have to come from behind.
Lucy Bronze took one too many touches as she drove through the heart of the field, ultimately losing possession of the ball before the swift, clinical Spaniards punished them in the most ruthless fashion.
Earps could do absolutely nothing about that.
How will England respond? Well, they are 13/10 to net the next goal...
Goodness me, what a pulsating start to this game as Spain threaten to break the deadlock just a minute or two after England went so close.
Impeccable positioning from Mary Earps as she somehow squirms across her line to deny the Spanish the opening goal of the game.
How did they not score there though - she was five-yards out and with the goal at her mercy, but that is a truly outstanding save from the England keeper there.
Straight down at the other end, Hemp again pulls the trigger from an acute angle, but isn't quite able to open her body enough to bend the ball around the goalkeeper.
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Agony for Lauren Hemp as she whips a delightful effort at goal, but watches in anguish as her effort bounces back off the crossbar.
Hugely encouraging moments for England though as the up the ante during the opening exchanges.
Some wonderful, slick football in the build-up to that effort.
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The Lionesses have started well, and look confident.
Lauren Hemp has been impressive throughout the tournament and she has started brightly today too.
She pulls the trigger from 15-yards and stings the hands of the Spanish goalkeeper.
For those of you who backed a Bet Builder including a Hemp shot on target, then that leg has come in!
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England, in their blue away kit, get the action underway!
Come on girls!
So, here we go!
This remarkable, record-breaking World Cup is about to reach its conclusion - no sign of nerves from Millie Bright as she leads her side out onto the field, with a clear determination emblazoned across her face.
She looks bang up for this, as do the rest of the Lionesses.
This is it. This is huge. This is destiny.
Come on England - become the world's greatest!
The closing ceremony is underway as the minutes and seconds tick down towards the 11:00 kick-off.
What will be going through the minds of the players and managers?
Sarina Wiegman, for one, certainly isn't going to be fazed by such an occasion as she gets set to take charge of a nation in a fourth successive major international final.
It's a quite astounding record for the former Netherlands boss, who suffered heartbreak in this very fixture four years ago against the United States.
Last summer she helped England get their monkey off their back in becoming European Champions, but can she now guide the Lionesses to even greater heights, and scale the World Cup mountain for the first time.
We're edging closer to the first whistle, and here are the latest pre-match Full-Time result odds:
Spain - 9/5
England - 7/4
Draw - 2/1
Was 15/2 >> Now 8/1
Lauren Hemp - Over 0.5 Assists
Alessia Russo - Over 0.5 Shots on Target
England Women to Lift the Trophy
Was 10/1 >> Now 12/1
England 2 - 1 Spain
Was 10/1 >> Now 11/1
Over 7 Corners
Over 2 Goals
England Women to Lift the Trophy
Was 6/1 >> Now 7/1
Apart from the obvious, that stunning World Cup trophy, what else is on the line today?
Well, the winner will become the fifth nation to lift the World Cup trophy, following in the footsteps of serial winners USA (4), two-time champions Germany, Norway and Japan.
The Lionesses, as the reigning European Champions, would also become only the second team in history to win the Women’s World Cup as the current European champions.
They will be up against it however, against a free-scoring Spanish side who have notched 17 goals across their six games down under to date.
That said, Jorge Vilda’s side have been leaky, to say the least, at the other end.
They have shipped seven goals en-route to today's final - more than any other side to make it to this stage since Norway, who let in eight, over three decades ago, in 1991.
Let's hope we can take advantage of that seemingly not so watertight rearguard this morning!
So here it is... the Lionesses starting XI for the World Cup Final...
England are unchanged.
England: Mary Earps, Jess Carter, Millie Bright, Alex Greenwood, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Georgia Stanway, Keira Walsh, Ella Toone, Alessia Russo, Lauren Hemp.
The big news from that is Lauren James, back after a two-game suspension, starts amongst the substitutes.
Could she prove the late matchwinner? She's 10/3 to score at anytime!
This morning's hotly-anticipated showdown will represent the first ever meeting between the sides at the World Cup finals.
The Lionesses have won seven and draw four of the previous 13 games across all competitions, with the Spaniards prevailing just twice. Let's hope they don't make it a hat-trick today...
We need to look no further back than last year for the last time the two nations locked-horns - at the European Championships.
I'm sure we all remember that England edged that particular encounter in the quarter-finals by two goals to one, and how they would love a repeat of that result this time around.
Esther González gave Spain the lead early in the second half, before Ella Toone equalised with just six minutes remaining to take the tie to extra-time.
Georgia Stanway ultimately netted the winner for England, who of course went on to lift the trophy on home soil.
England are 11/1 to replicate their victory from 12 months ago and prevail victorious in extra-time.
History will be made on Sunday as either Spain or England will become the Women's World Cup champions for the very first time.
The match at Stadium Australia in Sydney will be the first ever Women's World Cup final to feature neither Germany nor the USA and, in that respect, it represents a changing of the guard.
Spain have quashed concerns about a rift between the team and manager Jorge Vilda, coming through their group before enjoying wins over Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden in the knockout stages.
But awaiting them in the final is an England team who only last year won Euro 2022 on their own patch, and the Lionesses look hungry for more.
Football betting writer Liam Flin has selected his three best bets for the big one:
England to win @ 9/5
Over 2.5 goals @ 6/4
Lauren Hemp to score anytime @ 7/2
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The Lionesses have overcome adversity, injuries and the host nation in securing themselves a first ever spot in the final, and now only Spain stand between them and the coveted World Cup trophy, and the tagging of being the true global footballing powerhouse.
Sarina Wiegman's side are the ever so slight 9/5 outsiders, with Spain, who have bagged 17 goals throughout the tournament to date, the narrow 7/4 favourites.
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Join us right here from 09:00 on Sunday for all the pre-match build-up and live updates throughout what promises to be a tense, exciting and dramatic final day of football Down Under.
England beat Spain on penalties in last summer's Euros after a 1-1 draw in their quarter-final clash and they will be confident of getting the job done a bit quicker this time and the 9/5 about a Lionesses win looks decent value.
It's 1/1 that both teams score once more, while England to prevail in extra-time is 11/1 and a repeat penalty shootout victory is 8/1.
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Sarina Wiegman, already a national treasure after guiding England to glory at last year's Euros, is now one step away from making even more history after leading the Lionesses to the World Cup final.
No coach in the history of English football has led the nation to two major trophies – victory over Spain in Sydney on Sunday morning and Wiegman will have achieved exactly that.
All the greats, men and women, who have tried and failed to emulate what Sir Alf Ramsey did back in 1966 have left the stage clear for this modest Dutchwoman to move out into a league of her own.
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Women's World Cup: Sarina Wiegman - capturing the hearts of a nation
England will play in their maiden Women's World Cup final when they take on Spain in Sydney on Sunday morning.
After winning last summer's European Championships, Sarina Wiegman's side have shaken off retirements, injuries and mixed form to battle through to the showpiece at Stadium Australia.
In their way stands a talented and embattled Spain team, who have overcome their own issues over the last couple of years to join their opponents in standing a game away from their first-ever victory.
La Roja recovered from losing 4-0 to Japan in their final Group C game to make it to the final but after last year's continental triumph on home soil, in which they beat Spain in the last eight, England may feel they have the momentum.
Wiegman's team have reiterated their ability to battle it out, proving some of their doubters wrong by beating China 6-1 in the pool and saving their best showing for the semi-final.