The Lionesses receive a surprising welcome when they begin their journey back to England

The Lionesses finished as runners-up at the Women's World Cup (FA via Getty Images)

The Lionesses finished as runners-up at the Women’s World Cup (FA via Getty Images)

England’s World Cup finalists received a standing ovation as they began their long journey back to the UK on Monday morning.

the lionesseswho reached the final of the Women’s World Cup, was soundly beaten Spain 1-0 on Sunday.

It was the first time any England team had reached a World Cup final in 57 years, but it wasn’t like that. Olga CarmonaHer goal included the first cup for the Spain women’s team.

At the start of their journey home, the lionesses are greeted through Sydney Airport by passengers in a heart-wrenching moment.

They marched in their light blue English tracksuits as members of the crowd applauded their plane, a fitting tribute to the team that overcame adversity to reach the final.

While it remains to be seen if there will be any events once the team returns to celebrate their achievement, they may have to wait for the heartbreak to subside.

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labor Party has already led calls for the Lionesses to be given honours, following their trip to the final.

It will be a worthy recognition Sarina WegmanThe team’s achievement, after only four members of the 2022 European Championship-winning team were named to the New Year’s Honors List, while ignoring the rest of the team.

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