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Friday 6 December 2019

Bronze: We have more hunger

Edge: Lucy Bronze
Edge: Lucy Bronze

Lucy Bronze feels England have an edge over their fellow Women's World Cup semi-finalists because they are "more hungry" to reach a final.

The Lionesses face holders the United States at Lyon's Groupama Stadium this evening, with Euro 2017 champions Holland taking on Sweden, who were runners-up at the 2016 Olympics, at the same venue in the other last-four game 24 hours later.

England were beaten in the semis of the 2015 World Cup and the Euros two years ago.

And right-back Bronze said: "We've had back-to-back semi-finals, but we're short of that last step and we've still got that hunger.

"And especially now - you look at the four teams left. The Olympics, the World Cup, the Euros - these other three teams have reached finals in recent years.

"So we have probably got that edge, where we are a little bit more hungry for it, we are maybe more destined and want to go to a final in that respect."

Regarding the dramatic 2-1 loss to Japan in the 2015 match - England's first ever Women's World Cup semi-final - which was settled by Laura Bassett's stoppage-time own-goal, Bronze said: "I think from losses and bad things, you learn more than you ever will from winning.

"And I think there's no more brutal way to have lost a game than the way we did in a World Cup semi-final of all things.

"So I think from that we've learned more than anybody could ever learn from any other defeat, which is probably why we are a bit more resilient."

The US, the three-time winners, have made it into the last four in France after 2-1 wins against Spain in the last 16 and hosts France in the quarter-finals.

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