Georgia Stanway says she is going to lead by example in the absence of midfield partner and splendid buddy Keira Walsh when England grasp on China in their final Females’s World Cup group game.
Walsh was stretchered off in the first half of of England’s 1-0 win over Denmark in Sydney on Friday with what looked to be a severe knee injury, even supposing scans contain since shown Walsh has no longer suffered an ACL injury as first feared.
England boss Sarina Wiegman confirmed Walsh is definitely no longer in contention for Tuesday’s game against China in Adelaide, with Stanway relishing the probability of taking on further responsibility in the absence of Barcelona midfielder Walsh.
“I woke up this morning feeling loads extra customary,” Stanway acknowledged.
“I think over the last year I’ve created comparatively bit of a leadership role for myself in the system I am playing.
“I’ve built tons of self belief in my grasp game, I’ve been consistent off the assist of the Euros, and I correct desire to support that momentum.
“I’m able to explain my leadership by the system that I am playing. I’m able to lead by example and I’m no longer anxious to talk. I’m going to strive to enact two jobs.”
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Wiegman was non-committal when asked whether Walsh would possibly maybe almost certainly almost certainly be ready to play from now on fragment in the tournament.
“Keira is k. It isn’t very any longer an ACL. I cannot present you with to any extent further information,” Wiegman acknowledged.
“She won’t be on hand tomorrow and in actuality we’re handiest in truth focusing on the game tomorrow and after that we are able to continue what we’re doing.
“I think we contain a proper adequate team. I think each game we desire to be at our splendid and we know she just isn’t any longer on hand. We contain a group of 23, so now we contain a group of 22 and we contain came upon alternate strategies, and we are able to display that tomorrow.
“It isn’t very any longer good to lose players. First of interested by them, and 2d for the team, but we’re right here to transfer on.
“It is fragment of sport, it’s not any longer good, but we contain to transfer on, to adapt to the unusual agonize and find a vogue, and bring 11 players on the pitch with whom we think can win the game.”
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Wiegman now has five players from the starting XI that lifted last year’s Euros unavailable for the showdown with China.
But the England boss just isn’t any longer fazed, and says the target is to finish the group phases with a 100% list.
“Things occur in sport,” Wiegman acknowledged.
“Usually you win some things and from time to time you lose, indulge in now you lose some players. As I acknowledged, we contain a group of 23.
“It seems to be to be to be like comparatively various almost certainly, as a consequence of we contain various players, but we’re nonetheless trying to win games. That’s what we contain performed in the first two games and that’s what we are able to strive to enact tomorrow too.”
Stanway added: “Love Sarina acknowledged, there would possibly maybe be 22 of us that contain obtained to step up, and she (Walsh) can be watching.”
England’s match against China begins at 12pm today UK time.
The group stage finishes on 3 August. Group winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16, which takes internet page from 5 August to 8 August.
The quarter-finals, which is ready to be held in Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney, are scheduled for 11 and 12 August.
The predominant semi-final can be played on 15 August in Auckland, with the various semi-final taking internet page on 16 August at the Accor Stadium in Sydney, which is ready to then host the final on 20 August.