Should we honour England’s Women World Cup stars with an open-top bus?

Steph Houghton (near) signs autographs as the England women's team arrive back at Heathrow Airport after the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
Steph Houghton (near) signs autographs as the England women's team arrive back at Heathrow Airport after the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
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How should we honour the Lionesses after their proud World Cup campaign?

Mark Sampson’s England team finished third in Canada after an extra-time penalty from Fara Williams secured the bronze medal against Germany.

England players celebrate after defeating Germany 1-0 in the FIFA Women's World Cup third-place soccer match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

England players celebrate after defeating Germany 1-0 in the FIFA Women's World Cup third-place soccer match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

And now both she and fellow midfielder Jill Scott, from Sunderland, are keen to turn that into a lasting legacy.

There are also calls from some to give England’s women fitting honours as they return home.

An open-top bus parade, visits to the players’ home towns and an invite to Downing Street or Buckingham Palace are among ideas floating around on social media.

Before the tournament, and with limited expectations from outside the camp of progressing as far as they did, one of the mandates for the team was to inspire in a similar way to the London 2012 Olympics and get more women and girls involved in playing football.

A strong turn-out of fans to greet an early-morning arrival at Heathrow on Monday morning suggests that, in the short-term at least, the aim has been a success.

““It is fantastic,” said Scott, who plays for Manchester City.

“For me, being at other tournaments and coming back to the airport and having no-one here. Obviously we haven’t done as well as this in the past, a lot of girls will be in disbelief and hopefully we can keep inspiring girls to go out and buy boots and get out on the football pitch.

“The messages we have received along the way are the best one, daughters asking for a football, a pair of boots or a shirt with your name on it is just fantastic.

“Hopefully we can keep going now and get the crowds out, keep the interest going - we said we wanted to go away and inspire a nation and hopefully that is what we have done.”

She added: “It is fantastic to come home with a bronze medal and now we can get back to club training, we have all got games at the weekend so it will be a quick turnaround.”

Scott was joined on the England squad by two fellow North East team mates Steph Houghton, from South Hetton, and Lucy Bronze, from Berwick, ensuring the region had a strong focus on the squad.

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