Skipper’s Women’s World Cup dream

Lucy Bronze (right)celebrates her goal with captain Steph Houghton in the 2-1 win against Canada in the Women's World Cup quarter-final
Lucy Bronze (right)celebrates her goal with captain Steph Houghton in the 2-1 win against Canada in the Women's World Cup quarter-final

England Women’s captain Steph Houghton is hoping the Lionesses’ run to the semi-finals of the World Cup can help inspire a generation of girls to start playing football

Saturday night’s 2-1 win over Canada means Mark Sampson’s side now face reigning champions Japan on Wednesday for a place in the final and Houghton is hopeful that, regardless of the result of that game, more girls will be encouraged to take up the game.

“We always said that we had one aim when we came here, that was to inspire and I think, hopefully, if the mums and dads have let their young girls watch the game late tonight in England I think, hopefully, we’ve got a lot of young girls playing at an early age,” she said.