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Women's World Cup: Semi-final prospect joy for Millie Bright

Last night Millie Bright and England progressed to the semi-final of the Women's World Cup after putting on a clinical display beat Norway in front of 21,111 fans in the north of France.

France 2019 is Millie Bright's debut World Cup, and she is overjoyed with the prospect of reaching the final, but firstly the Lionesses must get past either France or the USA who battle for a final four spot this evening in Paris.

Bright spoke to the official Chelsea website about her World Cup experience so far and about yesterday's performance against the Norwegians.

'It's unreal, it's a really good experience and its everything I expected it to be and more – I can't quite believe that we're into the semis just because it's my first time, so it feels surreal.

'I thought we had a really good game, it was tough, it wasn't easy, but I think we dominated and made sure that we won the physical battle first.

'We stayed nice and calm on the ball and then when we got our chances we made sure we were clinical, I think that is something we're still working on, but it's something that we have improved on so much,' she said.

'That's the difference now, we are being clinical, and we are putting goals away and that's obviously vital in big games. Even at 2-0, the other team are still in it, so I think it was a great performance all round and I'm really proud of the team.'
 

England's opposition, which included three Blues, had trouble in coping with the Lionesses' style of play last night. And when Bright was asked whether she expected more from Norway, she replied: 'Potentially the second half, I think we expected more with a high press, but they have just come off the back of 120 minutes of football, so I think it was hard for them in that respect.

'We were putting a lot of threat on their back-line and getting the long balls forward, so in that sense as a defender you have to stay deeper, but it's a bit like cat and mouse, do you go, do you not and do you risk conceding again.

'We had a bit more flow, it wasn't stop-start, and we built momentum in the game, and that was important because it was such a big game being a quarter-final,' she continued.

'We had everything to lose, so it was good to keep the rhythm in the game, and I thought it was a great game from us overall.'

The Lionesses have reached their third consecutive major tournament semi-final and four years ago in Canada they were eliminated when Japan secured a 2-1 victory. England now await the winners of tonight's showdown between tournament hosts France and current World Cup holders the USA, and the central defender shared her thoughts on their potential opposition.

'I don't mind who we face. As long as we prepare ourselves and mentally we're switched on, recovered and rested well. No matter who we face, we play as us and I think that's something we have done really well throughout the tournament where we have focused on ourselves.

'We know the opponents' strengths, and we know what they are going to bring to the game, but the focus is on us.

'We're excited, either teams will be an immensely tough game, but I think it's one that we're ready for and we will just be prepared for whoever we get.'

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