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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 match semi-final at Euro 2022 on Tuesday.
The 2-1 defeat by eventual champions the United States in 2019 left Bronze in tears on the pitch at full-time.
“It most likely hit me lots tougher than different folks,” mentioned Bronze, who had gained the treble with Lyon that season.
“Whenever you’re in the very best type of your life, that is whenever you really feel like it’s your time. That taught me greater than the rest has – even whenever 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 significantly take pleasure in being reminded about nevertheless it’s one thing I realized lots from.”
Bronze was given the Silver Ball on the match – introduced to the second-best performer – and in 2019 she turned the primary English footballer to win the Uefa Ladies’s Participant of the 12 months. A yr later, she was named Fifa Finest Participant.
“2019 was one among 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 high of my sport. 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 “big alternative”.
“England’s at all times been my greatest focus and through my complete profession I’ve wished to carry 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.
“Up to now issues have been just a little totally different from earlier tournaments however psychologically we have at all times been ready to be on the high.
“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 robust England squads, however the depth we’ve [now], the extent we will prepare at, is unimaginable,” she added.
‘We all know it is clearly a giant deal’
England are two wins away from their first main match triumph and so they may accomplish that on dwelling soil at Wembley subsequent Sunday in the event that they attain the ultimate.
“That will be wonderful and clearly that is been the aim – each workforce begins the match wanting to finish it because the European champions,” mentioned Bronze.
“However the workforce is simply very settled. It is most likely essentially the most relaxed we have been as an England workforce in a match.
“We are the favourites and the hosts, however as a workforce we’re very level-headed and we’re not specializing in a remaining or lifting a trophy simply but.”
Bronze can be conscious of the impression successful Euro 2022 would have on the ladies’s sport in England.
“We have been made nicely conscious for the earlier yr or two how massive an impression this match can have,” mentioned Bronze.
“As quickly as England had been named because the hosts, we [knew we] had a chance to encourage the nation, to alter the sport in our nation. We all know it is clearly a giant deal.”