TYLDESLEY star Ella Toone said that England "will be back" after the heartbreak of losing the World Cup final.

After Ella's Wembley equaliser sent England on the way to a historic Euros victory last summer, the Lionesses once again made the country proud by reaching their first ever World Cup final.

With the final attracting an average of 13.3 million viewers on Sunday, August 20, which is said to be a UK record for a women's football match, the Lionesses narrowly missed out on the trophy after a 1-0 defeat to Spain.

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Leigh Journal: Ella and the Lionesses before their World Cup Final against SpainElla and the Lionesses before their World Cup Final against Spain (Image: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire)

Helping England to the final with a sensational strike against Australia, Ella Toone made history as she became the first England player, male or female, to score in a quarter-final, semi-final, and final of a major football tournament.

With Ella beloved as a down-to-earth professional who has never forgotten her roots, her local pub, the Union Arms in Tyldesley, was packed out on Sunday morning as family, friends, and regulars came out to cheer for Toone and country.

With around 500 coming out to show their support for the game, Union Arms landlady Sharon Mattin had to accommodate the extra fans by showcasing the final on a large screen TV on land next to the pub.

Leigh Journal: Hundreds of fans packed out the Union Arms for the finalHundreds of fans packed out the Union Arms for the final (Image: Cllr James Fish)

After Ella and England's efforts proved unsuccessful, the former Fred Longworth pupil shared a short but defiant message on social media to underline that the team will be back for a taste of glory.

Ella said: "It will hurt for a while. Nothing but proud of this team, we will be back!

"Thank you so much for your support, we really felt it."

Independent councillor for Tyldelsey and Mosley Common, James Fish, who helped to organise the event at Union Arms, said: "The atmosphere was really good [at the final] and everyone was enjoying themselves and having fun. It was a fantastic community event which was very well attended.

"It was fantastic to see various people coming together to make the event successful [and] Sharon Mattin, the landlady of the Union Arms did amazingly to get the event organised with only 48 hours notice.

"Ella did the whole town of Tyldesley massively proud, she's an inspiration to many children across the town."