Lucy Bronze: ‘I learned a lot from 2019 World Cup heartache’

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Lucy Bronze
Lucy Bronze has performed in all of England’s previous three semi-final defeats at main tournaments
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England defender Lucy Bronze mentioned the heartache of shedding the 2019 World Cup semi-final “taught her greater than the rest” in her profession.

Bronze, 30, is getting ready to play in a fourth successive main event semi-final at Euro 2022 on Tuesday.

The 2-1 defeat by eventual champions the USA in 2019 left Bronze in tears on the pitch at full-time.

“It most likely hit me quite a bit tougher than different individuals,” mentioned Bronze, who had received the treble with Lyon that season.

“If you’re in the perfect type of your life, that is once you really feel like it’s your time. That taught me greater than the rest has – even once you make investments, issues can at all times go incorrect.

“It is most likely why I am much more cool now. I have been at these very excessive heights and nonetheless been knocked down. It is a feeling that I do not notably take pleasure in being reminded about nevertheless it’s one thing I discovered quite a bit from.”

Bronze was given the Silver Ball on the event – introduced to the second-best performer – and in 2019 she grew to become the primary English footballer to win the Uefa Girls’s Participant of the 12 months. A 12 months later, she was named Fifa Greatest Participant.

“2019 was one in every of my finest years,” she added. “Each time I used to be on the pitch I felt like I could not do a lot incorrect. I used to be on that prime finish and on the prime of my recreation. Clearly I had that dream of successful the World Cup.”

England tackle Sweden in Tuesday’s semi-final at Euro 2022 and Bronze mentioned it’s a “large alternative”.

“England’s at all times been my largest focus and through my complete profession I’ve wished to elevate a trophy for England,” she added.

‘Gamers are used to being in successful groups’

A number of of the present England squad have skilled these semi-final heartaches however Bronze hopes they’ll use that to their benefit.

“I am fortunate sufficient to have skilled semi-finals, unfortunate sufficient to have skilled defeat,” mentioned Bronze.

“To this point issues have been a bit of totally different from earlier tournaments however psychologically we have at all times been ready to be on the prime.

“Plenty of gamers are used to being in successful groups now greater than ever. There are much more of these processes that our gamers are actually used to.”

Bronze additionally hopes England’s squad depth will make a distinction.

“I have been fortunate sufficient to be in some very sturdy England squads, however the depth we’ve [now], the extent we are able to prepare at, is unimaginable,” she added.

‘We all know it is clearly a giant deal’

England are two wins away from their first main event triumph they usually might accomplish that on dwelling soil at Wembley subsequent Sunday in the event that they attain the ultimate.

“That may be wonderful and clearly that is been the aim – each crew begins the event wanting to finish it because the European champions,” mentioned Bronze.

“However the crew is simply very settled. It is most likely essentially the most relaxed we have been as an England crew in a event.

“We are the favourites and the hosts, however as a crew we’re very level-headed and we’re not specializing in a last or lifting a trophy simply but.”

Bronze can be conscious of the affect successful Euro 2022 would have on the ladies’s recreation in England.

“We have been made effectively conscious for the earlier 12 months or two how massive an affect this event can have,” mentioned Bronze.

“As quickly as England had been named because the hosts, we [knew we] had a possibility to encourage the nation, to vary the sport in our nation. We all know it is clearly a giant deal.”

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