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Chloe Kelly and Nikita Parris backed England to recover in 2024

Chloe Kelly and Nikita Parris encourage team mates to bounce back from the heartbreak of not making it to the 2024 Olympic Games.

The Lionesses triumphed in Euro 2022 and reached the Women’s World Cup final the following year. However, their Women’s Nations League journey lacked a fairytale ending. Despite a convincing 6-0 victory against Scotland in the last Group A1 fixture, the Netherlands’ 4-0 win over Belgium secured their position at the top of the standings.

If Olympic qualification was based on World Cup placements, Team GB would have qualified with England reaching the final, losing 1-0 to Spain. However, the Nations League now determines the teams heading to Paris next year. Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands will compete for two of the three spots alongside hosts France.

Chloe Kelly: There’s a lot to be learned from the entire Nations League experience

Chloe Kelly, the Manchester City star, discussing the inaugural Panini Barclays Women’s Super League sticker collection launch at the National Football Museum, remarked:

“It’s about how we rebound from those defeats. There’s a lot to be learned from the entire Nations League experience.”

“Being more consistent throughout the tournament because we left it to the last two games and we cut ourselves short.

“We are a great side and it is about getting some rest now, recovering and going again.”

Despite missing out on the Olympic dream, Sarina Wiegman and the England players are gearing up for another European Championship campaign in Switzerland in 2025. Recognizing the challenges of Olympic qualification, Nikita Parris echoed Chloe Kelly’s sentiment, affirming that the Lionesses will bounce back stronger.

Parris added: “It was a disappointment. Fine margins, especially when in the Nations League, top teams are playing against each other.

“You do want that competition. It’s such a hard route to go to the Olympics for the European sides. But for sure the girls will be super disappointed about the results and not going to the Olympics in 2024.

“The bounce back will be very quick, however. The focus will then go to the Euros and I’m sure everyone is raring and ready to go for the next games.”

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.


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