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Midfielder Fara Williams says England are primed for glory

Fara Williams is preparing for her seventh major tournament as an England international – and she says they have never had a better chance of winning a gold medal.

Mark Sampson’s side qualified unbeaten for Euro 2017 where they face Scotland (on Wednesday 19 July), Spain (Sunday 23 July) and Portugal (Thursday 27 July) in the group stage.

Williams helped the Lionesses to a runners-up spot at Euro 2009 and to a World Cup bronze in 2015. And she reckons her team-mates are now primed for glory.

                                                 

She said: “I feel that we’ve genuinely got a realistic chance of winning the Euros.

“We’ve gone into previous tournaments more in hope. But now we really believe we can win it.

“After what we did at the World Cup, the results we’ve picked up in a few big friendlies since Canada and the way we qualified for the Euros, we have showed how close we are getting to the very best.

“There is a real belief among the girls, more so than before any other tournament.

“I think you need that little bit of arrogance if you want to be a top team and that’s starting to show through with us now.”

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