Keira Walsh has expressed England’s unwavering determination to honor their injured teammates and ensure successful completion of their mission in the World Cup final against Spain on Sunday.
This marks the furthest progression the Lionesses have ever achieved in a global showcase. The recent 3-1 triumph in the semi-finals over co-hosts Australia secured their position, surpassing the bronze medal accomplishment attained eight years ago in Canada.
England’s remarkable journey to this unparalleled stage has been achieved despite the absence of Euro 2022-winning captain Leah Williamson, the Golden Boot awardee of that tournament Beth Mead, and Fran Kirby, a highly creative forward, all of whom were sidelined due to knee injuries for this event.
Keira Walsh admits the difficulty English injured superstars might have
“I think it is difficult for them,” said Walsh, who started every game of the Euros triumph alongside that trio.
“Obviously when you think about it, they would want nothing more than to be here. It is probably a bit bittersweet. They want us to win and we would want them to be here as well. Leah, Beth and Fran have been really supportive.
“They have messaged after every game. For us, hopefully we can get the job done on Sunday and make them proud of us. I think you are obviously a little bit nervous, but it’s a World Cup final. I think you have just got to enjoy the moment.
“Leah texted me and Georgia (Stanway) and she said ‘just enjoy it. It’s not every day you are playing in the semi-final of a World Cup.’ It will be the same on Sunday.
“When you look back to the Euros, that was probably the most excited everyone has been, the vibes were really good and positive. Hopefully we can have that on Sunday. For me, the most important thing is the girls just enjoy it and take it all in. Live in the moment, because it doesn’t happen every day.”