Lucy Bronze is confident the Lionesses CAN progress to World Cup final after breaking their semi-final curse en route to Euros glory
- England beat Colombia 2-1 on Saturday to make the semi-finals of the World Cup
- The Lionesses lost three tournament semi-finals in a row before Euro 2022
- Lucy Bronze is confident the Lionesses can make the World Cup final
Lucy Bronze says England have the fight and experience to make the World Cup final after overcoming their semi-final hoodoo at last summer’s European Championship.
The Lionesses had lost three semi-finals in a row – including the 2015 and 2019 World Cups – before beating Sweden 4-0 at Euro 2022.
England beat Colombia 2-1 to set up a semi-final with Australia and Bronze, who played in the last two World Cups, is confident the Lionesses can use their past experiences to progress to the final.
‘We got past that hurdle last year in the Euros and finally made it to the final and got past that dreaded always getting beaten in the semi-finals so we’ve got that in the locker,’ Bronze said.
‘If we hadn’t have gotten to the semi-final, I would have said that we would have underperformed.
Lucy Bronze is making her third World Cup appearance for England, having represented her country in 2015 and 2019, though is determined to break semi-final curse for her country
England enjoyed a 2-1 win over Colombia with Bronze marking star player Linda Caicedo, who joined Real Madrid in February 2023 – beating rivals Barcelona and Chelsea to her signature
‘A lot of people said that England were the team that were going to flop a little bit.
‘Our performances haven’t been our best, granted, but the results have been there and we’ve got the semi final which is what this England team is known for doing.
‘It [this tournament] very much reminds me of 2015 – having to fight in every single game.
‘I think the difference with this team – we have won trophies, we have won tournaments so we do know what to do. We knew coming into the tournament that it wasn’t going to be easy.
‘There was a lot of outside noise about whether England was going to be able to cope well with everything thrown at us so far and the semi final is what is expected of us as the England team.
A peak audience of 7.2 million tuned in to watch England’s quarter-final tie on ITV, while the BBC will show Wednesday’s semi-final against Australia.
Sweden have shown strong displays in the tournament so far, proving to be tough competition
The Lionesses have had to adapt through Keira Walsh’s injury scare and Lauren James’ red card
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