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23.05.2019 12:22

Steph Houghton: England are capable of World Cup glory

England captain Steph Houghton is convinced the current squad has what it takes to go all the way in this summer’s World Cup tournament in France.

England came third at the 2015 World Cup, got to the semi-finals of Euro 2017, and in March won the four-team SheBelieves Cup for the first time.

When asked if England could win the World Cup, skipper Houghton said: “Yes. I've been in plenty of squads for World Cups and European Championships and all have had different strengths.

“And I think for this one especially we have the right blend of youth and experience, we have players who have played in top pressure games where you have to go and win, and I feel we have a squad that wants to go and win and has that winning mentality to go and do something special in France.

“It would be a dream come true for us as players but for the game as a whole, I think you saw what happened in 2015 - success does bring interest and allow young girls to dream of being a footballer, and now there's a pathway to go and do that.

“For us, our focus is on doing as well as we possibly can and making sure that, no matter what, we give it our everything when we're over there,” she added.

Phil Neville’s side will open their campaign against rivals Scotland in Nice on 9 June.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA