England Deaf Women’s Futsal won the bronze medal at the EDSO European Futsal Championship after a goal-laden campaign in Bulgaria.
Lionesses hotshot Danielle Evans won the golden boot with 14 strikes, to help seal a place at next year’s World Championship in Thailand.
The very young squad performed exceptionally, topping their group, scoring 21 goals and conceding only one.
“We begin planning straightaway to ensure the medal is a different colour at the World Cup next year”.
England head coach
In the quarter-final they dispatched Belgium 6-1, but suffered heartbreak in the final four against a very strong German team.
England stormed into a 5-0 lead, but conceded seven unanswered goals to extinguish dreams of a place in the final.
In the bronze medal match Julie Callaghan’s side cruised past Spain 6-1 to win a coveted medal.
Head coach Callaghan said: “It has been a great tournament for this young team and they showed real resilience to pick themselves up from the devastating semi-final loss.
“This experience will only make this team stronger and harder to beat.
“We begin planning straightaway to ensure the medal is a different colour at the World Cup next year.”
Elite disability development manager Jeff Davis added: “It is an outstanding result. The team went into the event ranked sixth and out-performed most teams.
“Their experience of the semi-final will give a painful lesson but they needed to be talented to put themselves ahead against a very strong German team who only lost
to World Champions Russia in extra-time.
“I am confident this group of players can only get better and go to Thailand with confidence that they can beat any team in the world.”