LE HAVRE France (Liberal Tribune): Lucy Bronze is playing in England’s 3-0 World Cup quarter-final succeed over Norway was so remarkable it had her coach, Phil Neville, restoring calls for the 27-year-old to win the Ballon d’Or.
That England ran out such good winners in the in Le Havre (Commune in France) on Thursday was mainly down to the marauding right-back, who set up her team’s starter for Jill Scott earlier than scoring the third goal in the second half.
Phil Neville insists Lucy Bronze should win Ballon d’Or:
Bronze’s aim was a spectacular strike high into the net from the edge of the box following a free-kick that she had succeeded on one of her charges ahead that so terrorized the Norwegian defense.
It was a wonderful way to cap a success which takes England through to a last-four showdown next to either holder the USA or hosts France.
“Lucy Bronze is the best participant in the world; she should win the Ballon d’Or, 100 percent. I have no mistrust about that,” said Neville, himself a previous England full-back, behind the game at the Stade Oceane.
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What you watched tonight was a player that was performing at the top of her game. That is her level of playing — the larger the stage, the larger the performance.
“Lucy Bronze is phenomenal. She is somebody for me that doesn’t get the recognition internationally that she deserves.”
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Lucy Bronze has many qualities, but attaining goals is not actually one of them. However, her goal on Thursday was related to her amazing strike to beat Norway at the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
“She has just obtained such power, whether that’s her shooting, her passing, her running. It was an unbelievable finish from her. I’m very satisfied for her,” said Scott, the midfielder who, like Lucy Bronze, is a native of England’s north-east.