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England must use crazy game as motivation: Demi

 

Demi Stokes
Demi Stokes

By Phil Medlicott

Demi Stokes feels tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final with Norway coming as soon as it does helps England refocus after their "crazy" match against Cameroon.

The Lionesses face the Norwegians in Le Havre for a place in the semi-finals, four days on from beating Cameroon 3-0 in an ill-tempered last-16 contest in Valenciennes.

Cameroon twice looked as if they may not continue playing as they complained about VAR decisions during a game that also saw Nikita Parris take an elbow to the face, Steph Houghton hurt by a poor challenge and Toni Duggan spat on.

Asked if it was difficult to fully focus on Norway after a match like that, England left-back Stokes said: "I think it's probably easier, because you've just got to move on.

"It's a big game coming up and it's just reset yourself and 'let's go again'.

"So I think that's what we are focusing on - quick recovery, doing all the right things and looking forward to the game.

"Norway are a very good team and we'll show them respect, give them the respect they deserve."

Sunday's match left England boss Phil Neville saying Cameroon's behaviour was "wrong, because it is the image of women's football that's going out worldwide".

Stokes thinks England "relayed a positive message from it because of the way we acted".

The 27-year-old Manchester City player said: "It was a crazy game, we all know that.

"But we're just so happy and proud of how we as a team acted and how we conducted ourselves."

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