·12 January 2023
·12 January 2023
After a fairytale summer which saw football finally come home, England are ready for their next challenge at the 2023 World Cup.
Thanks to their historic triumph at Euro 2022, a lot of supporters fancy the Lionesses’ chances in Australia and New Zealand this summer and Jules Breach is among those backing England to lift the trophy.
The broadcaster and presenter sat down with GiveMeSport Women to discuss the recent rise of the Lionesses.
Any fan who attended the Euro 2022 final will remember the atmosphere.
Electric and pulsating but every now and then, the twang of nerves would hit. Were England finally going to get their hands on a major trophy? And in front of a home crowd?
Breach reflected on the magical occasion and how it capped off a benchmark chapter for women’s football.
“The whole summer was geared around the Euros and it was just amazing to see the girls do it because every football fan goes into these major tournaments with all the hope in the world that something might happen. And it did, and it was just the best day.
“I was at Wembley for the final, I went to a couple of the matches during the tournament as well and there was just such a buzz but there was a genuine belief that England could do it.”
It was monumental and it was the icing on the cake for what was an amazing summer for women’s football.
Since Sarina Wiegman took over as manager, England haven’t lost a single match.
The unbeaten Lionesses have a staggering record and goal-scoring tally under the Dutch coach — 125 goals and 22 wins from 26 matches, with just seven goals conceded.
There has not been a single match since Wiegman arrived where England have conceded more than one goal in a game.
Can this exceptional run of form continue and see the Lionesses conquer down under?
“Absolutely, why not? The USA have always been the team to beat, and England beat them at Wembley in October, so they proved they can do it,” Breach said.
“We go into the World Cup probably as one of the favourites, if not the favourites to win it, and Sarina Wiegman is a proven winner. She’s done it before with previous managerial roles and she’s done it now with England.”
England’s best result at a World Cup was back in 2015. Spearheaded by Mark Sampson at the time, the Lionesses went home with a bronze medal after beating Germany in the third place play-off match.
However, despite the excitement around England’s ability at the 2019 World Cup, they fell to the USA in the semi-finals and were dealt an agonising 2-1 defeat by Sweden in the clash for bronze.
This time round, the Lionesses look a real force to be reckoned with. European champions and certainly candidates to become world beaters.
“I think that because we’ve now won a major trophy, the girls will truly believe they can go on and do it again,” Breach enthused.
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