England midfielder Keira Walsh asserts that the Lionesses are not considering the hearts they would shatter if they eliminate the World Cup co-hosts in the Sydney semi-final on Wednesday.
Australia accomplished reaching the final four for the first time by defeating France in an exhilarating penalty shootout, while this will be England’s third attempt to progress to the final of the global showpiece, a feat they have yet to achieve.
The Australian fervor for their team has rapidly intensified, culminating in thousands congregating in fan parks nationwide to witness the quarter-final, and millions setting new television viewing records.
Keira Walsh said: “Whatever game I play, I want to win. It doesn’t matter who you are playing against. For us, I wouldn’t say we are thinking about spoiling the party.
“I think it is just another game and a massive game at that. We are just fully focused on trying to reach a World Cup final, regardless of who we are playing. I think obviously with the support from Australia it is going to be a little bit different for them in that sense.
“I think we have seen that the (England) girls are ready to fight.
“Obviously, when the whistle ends it is a different story, but I think in the game the girls are very aware of what the game is going to be like, what the stadium is going to be like. I think, for us, we are more than ready for it.”
The Lionesses’ 2-1 comeback triumph against Colombia, propelling them to this stage, served as a remarkable rehearsal. Their fans, resembling a boisterous sea of yellow, also regarded England as their primary foe.
Keira Walsh, who recently achieved success by winning the Euro 2022 trophy with England and the Champions League title with Barcelona, suggested that scoring a goal or two to diminish the atmosphere could enable the Lionesses to seize control of the storyline.