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Lucy Bronze: Anything other than the semi-final would have been England underperforming in the World Cup

Defender Lucy Bronze unveiled that England would have fallen short of their own aspirations if they hadn’t progressed to the World Cup semi-finals.

Alessia Russo secured a fourth-place minimum finish for the Lionesses in the 2023 tournament as her second-half goal orchestrated a 2-1 comeback victory over Colombia in the quarter-final on Saturday.

This victory paved the way for a Wednesday encounter with co-hosts Australia. While a third-place finish would match England’s best performance from eight years ago in Canada, Bronze emphasized that reaching this stage, marking the third occurrence in the European champions’ history, was the least they aimed for.

Lucy Bronze talks about what was expected from Lionesses

“If we hadn’t have gotten to the semi-final, I would have said that we would have underperformed,” said Bronze.

“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 to the semi-final, which is what this England team is known for doing.

“This very much reminds me of 2015, having to fight in every single game.

“I think the difference with this team is 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…and the semi-final is what is expected of us as the England team.”

Moreover, Bronze, along with Alex Greenwood, stands as one of the two members of the 2023 squad who have participated in three consecutive World Cups. In terms of World Cup appearances for the Lionesses, she ranks second only to Jill Scott, boasting 18 appearances compared to the retired midfielder’s 21.

But During her first global showcase in 2015, the 31-year-old achieved a historic moment. Her 76th-minute strike against Norway in the last-16 clash secured England Women’s victory in a World Cup knockout stage, with a score of 2-1.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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