Lucy Bronze has revealed she performs by way of the ache of a knee damage as she prepares for England’s Euro 2022 remaining on Sunday.
She scored in England’s 4-0 semi-final win over Sweden at Bramall Lane.
“It has been troublesome to come back again from a knee damage which lingered for a really very long time and nonetheless is now,” she stated.
“There are many gamers who’re having to play by way of ache of their profession and I am now one among them.”
Bronze was named the Finest Fifa Girls’s Participant in 2020 and BBC Girls’s Footballer of the Yr in 2018 and 2020. She additionally gained three Champions Leagues in a row with Lyon.
“Everybody retains saying that [she doesn’t look like she’s struggling] however I do not really feel like I did a few years in the past,” she stated.
“The Lucy Bronze of a few years in the past was ‘the most effective participant on the planet’.”
Bronze arrange Beth Mead for the opener in opposition to Sweden earlier than heading of their second aim herself. She additionally assisted an Alessia Russo aim in the 8-0 win over Norway within the group levels.
“I am nonetheless completely satisfied to be contributing to the crew, nonetheless taking part in good soccer, getting an help for Beth and getting her up there to get the Golden Boot,” she stated.
“The targets and assists are usually not one thing I contemplate a serious a part of my sport. I might a lot relatively the likes of Beth, Ellen White and Lauren Hemp get on the scoresheet. I loved it although.
“I’ve not scored in a Euros, I’ve solely scored in World Cups.
“The aim got here at a extremely necessary time straight after half-time, which sort of killed any likelihood that they’d.”
England will face the winner of Thursday’s semi-final between France and Germany at Wembley on Sunday.