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‘We know how to win finals’: England’s Bronze targets World Cup gold

SYDNEY, Australia, August 21 ------ Right back Lucy Bronze believes England’s experience in winning a major final at last year’s Euros could be crucial in the Women’s World Cup title decider on Sunday. August 20, against a Spain side she knows well. Bronze lost World Cup semifinals with England in 2015 and 2019 but was a core member of the Lionesses team that beat Germany to win a first major title at the European Championship last year.

The 31-year-old, who plays her club football in Spain for Barcelona, was again a rock in defence on Wednesday when England neutralised a big crowd in Sydney to beat co-hosts Australia 3-1 and reach their first World Cup final. "We're going up against a team I personally know very well," Bronze told reporters after the match. We know how to win finals. That's something Spain doesn't have that we have. That's an experience that not only I have but many of these England players have I'm excited," she said. "I'm really good friends with a couple of them, my team mates in Barcelona, myself and Keira (Walsh) know them very well. she added.

England needed a huge defensive effort and were forced to come from a goal down to beat Spain in extra time in the quarter-finals of last year's Euros. Although they arrived at the World Cup as one of the favourites, they came without key players because of injury and then lost one of their best performers, Lauren James, to a ban after she was shown a red card in their match against Nigeria.

Bronze said England's resilience in the face of such setbacks would also hold them in good stead back at Stadium Australia on Sunday. "The strength of this team is we stick together, we've got an incredibly tight bond, we've got a tight-knit team," she said. Winning the Euros last gave us a huge amount of confidence but we've suffered a few losses this year in terms of big players, a lot of noise on the outside and it's just pushed us closer together. Before the tournament, people had us down to get knocked out in the group or something, and now we're in the final." she added.



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