Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
European champions, England will hope to end its goal drought at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Georgia Stanway is confident as the team prepare to win its first World title in Australia and New Zealand.
Sarina Wiegman’s side is not in the best vein of form heading to the World Cup, a terrain the coach is used to after leading the Netherlands to the final in the same scenario as European champions.
“It’s a process and our process is just to be ready on the 22nd, so whatever happened in our friendlies wouldn’t change how we are for the 22nd and we will still continue to work. We have got a week today, there is still time,” Stanway told ITV Sport.
The European side will open its campaign at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup against debutant Haiti next week. Stanway is confident ahead of the match.
She said: “We are very confident. I think everything that we have got is in the room. We just need to make sure that we are putting them pieces together and we can get the work done. We are looking forward to Haiti. I think, to be honest, it comes around so fast but at the same time we just want the first game to come and then you can just get into your rhythm. You can get into your groove.
“Even at the base camp, you can just kind of settle and relax and it’s full of experience of being able to watch the other teams, being able to enjoy base camp with our families. We are just really excited to get that first one.”
England has not scored in its last two games against Australia (2-0) and Portugal (0-0) and will hope to find its scoring rhythm against Haiti.
Lucy Bronze feels her and Keira Walsh’s time with Barcelona has seen them “drive a different kind of standard” in England training.
Right-back Bronze and midfielder Walsh both left Manchester City and joined the Catalan outfit last summer, the former before and the latter after they helped England win the Euros.
They have subsequently been part of a Barca team that swept to a fourth-successive domestic league title and, last month, won the Champions League – something Bronze admits has given her and Walsh “massive confidence” heading into the World Cup that starts next week.
The 31-year-old said: “My role at Barcelona is different to what it’s been in previous teams,” Bronze told Sports News UK.
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“Every single Barcelona player only wants to play with the ball, so the responsibility of defending falls a lot more on my head than it does elsewhere, which is different to England.
“It’s given me a different outlook on how to play football. I think Keira is the same. And I think the pair of us drive a different kind of standard now at England training that has never been there before.
“I think we’ve been able to add that when we’ve come back into camps, not the style of play necessarily but the expectation and the kind of quality you expect from a team that wins trophies like Champions Leagues and playing with the best players in the world.
“(Winning the Champions League) gives myself and Keira massive confidence – it was her first, even being my fourth (after three with Lyon) it’s something that gives you a lot of confidence going into the World Cup.”
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