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England in fine fettle ahead of World Cup quest, insists Bronze

 

By Phil Medlicott

Lucy Bronze has expressed her confidence England will be in "very good shape" for the Women's World Cup as preparations continue ahead of Sunday's Group D opener against Scotland.

The showpiece event in France, which starts today, is the first tournament the Lionesses head into after a full Women's Super League season over a winter. The league switched from summer after the 2016 edition.

The majority of the England squad were playing in the division last term, while Bronze and Toni Duggan have just completed a winter season with French champions Lyon and Barcelona respectively.

When asked about that, Bronze, who helped England come third at the 2015 World Cup and reach the semi-finals of Euro 2017, said: "The physical training has had to be adjusted a little bit but we've got a couple of very smart boys doing the physical stuff with us, we'll still be in very good shape.

"We've had to tone the physical stuff down a bit so we're fresh. We were really in beast mode going into the last two tournaments."

With Sunday's match taking place at the Allianz Riviera in Nice, Phil Neville's side arrived in the city on Tuesday and trained on Wednesday at Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann.

Right-back Bronze, who joined Lyon in 2017 after leaving Manchester City, said: "We're just getting used to the heat. We've been training with lots of layers and thermals to get us ready before coming out here.

"We've got a bit of time off. When we're in it, we're in it, and fully focused, but we've got a couple of hours off each day where we can just go and chill, see family."

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