Stoney says sorry for early exit

19 July 2013 11:16

Captain Casey Stoney has apologised for England's miserable UEFA Women's Championship campaign.

Just like the men's Under-20s and Under-21s sides at major competitions this summer, the Three Lionesses suffered an embarrassing early exit in Sweden.

Thursday's 3-0 defeat to France saw them crash out at the group stage, raising serious questions over the future of Hope Powell after 15 years at the helm.

The Londoner still believes she is the right woman for the job, while skipper Stoney has apologised for England's dismal campaign.

"I can't say it was through lack of effort," she told "We tried our hardest but France were better

"All I can do is apologise. It just wasn't our tournament. We will go away and reflect but we need to bounce back as we have World Cup qualifiers soon.

"We never got going. Personally I am gutted for the girls and the supporters. We always try but we did not have enough quality and never hit the ground running.

"I feel I was not good enough either. We need to analyse what to do and work harder at our clubs. This is not good enough.

"It wasn't for us this tournament. They had blistering pace up front and it caught us out at times.

"They are a good side and have not been tipped to win it for nothing. They could go on and win it now."

Source: PA