Bronze expecting big response from England
England defender Lucy Bronze has claimed the current side will eventually win a trophy following their World Cup heartache in France.
The 27-year-old was part of the side that lost 2-1 to the United States on Tuesday as England fell at the penultimate hurdle for the third tournament in a row.
The Three Lions lost to Japan at the World Cup in 2015, while they were beaten by the Netherlands at the European Championships in 2017.
Phil Neville’s side are now regrouping ahead of Saturday’s third-place play-off against Sweden, but Bronze has refused to make excuses.
Instead, she has challenged the younger members of the squad to learn their lessons and improve for next season.
She told the Guardian: ‘We came here to win this World Cup – we’ve fallen short.
We wanted to make it to the final because we haven’t quite made it there but the fact that we are consistently reaching semi-finals showed how immense this team is and the strengths of this team.
‘Now we’ve got a tournament as Team GB next year [at the Olympic Games] and then we’ve got a home Euros.
There’s so much ahead of us and we can really push on and I know for a fact that this team is going to win a trophy at some point.
‘ Meanwhile, goalkeepers Carly Telford and Karen Bardsley, midfielders Jill Scott and Karen Carney and forward Jodie Taylor are all expected to hang up their boots after the tournament ends on Sunday.