England’s women national team, the lionesses, showed Roy Hodgson’s lions just how to reach the semi-final stage of the women’s World Cup. In a feat that saw Mark Sampson’s side beat the host nation Canada 2-1, the England team matched their male counterparts from 1966 and 1990.
It is history in the making for the women’s side and everyone in England has a welling sense of pride today as the news continues to warm an overcast Sunday back home.
The ladies side made a dream start with two goals in three minutes as Jodie Taylor, making her first World Cup start nine weeks after knee surgery, capitalised on Lauren Sesselmann’s blunder.
They’ve booked themselves a place in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup against Japan after knocking out hosts Canada in a heroic win in Vancouver.
After an edgy start, Jodie Taylor pulled off a fine finish to put the Lionesses ahead and immediately made the country believe they could win it.
The men’s team of 1966 won the World Cup, while the 1990 side were beaten at the semi-final stage.
“They are history-makers again, the third ever England team to get to a semi-final,” Sampson said before adding, “We now join the 1966 and the 1990 club, and I’m very proud of the whole group”.
The reaction to England’s win has been nothing but a rupture of cheers and applause. Twitter users shared their response to the win by citing that the lionesses were “Honest, approachable, talented players of real character. Feels good to be proud of an England football team again”, Oliver Holt wrote.
Up next is Japan, the holders of the cup, in a match that will aired live on BBC One on Wednesday 1 July. There is no reason why England cannot beat Japan if they show the same offensive tact they have maintained through the tournament.
In response to the next opponents, Sampson said “Bring them on”.