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No current English soccer player is as excellent as Lucy Bronze. But it is not enough for her.
There are already three Champions League titles, six championship titles, five national trophies in the trophy cabinet and last December she was named Player of the Year at the Fifa’s Best Awards.
But the Manchester City and England defender, 29, says she won’t rest until she wins a major international tournament and believes the Tokyo Olympics are the ideal opportunity for her and the UK.
“I am often asked: ‘What motivates you, now you’ve won everything?’ But I didn’t win everything, “Bronze told BBC Sport.
“I didn’t win the gold medal, the World Cup or the Euro. I’m dying to get my hands on top-level global success and I won’t retire until I have it in my hands – unless mine Body gives up on me.
“You will have to scrape me off the place in the end.
“I’ve always said that I want to win a trophy or a gold medal with the national team and Great Britain is the perfect opportunity to do that.”
Bronze has won three Champions League with Lyon and has won a total of 14 major trophies
“This gold medal is coming back to Great Britain”
Bronze, which won their club trophies with Liverpool, Manchester City and Lyon, was also part of an English team that won the 2019 SheBelieves Cup and will be with 15 of the 18-player squad in Tokyo who are from the Lionesses team a great English feeling about it.
But she says the fact that England have lost nine of their last 14 games will have little impact on Hege’s Olympic team who played in Sapporo on July 21 in their opening game against Chile ahead of the group matches against hosts Japan on July 24 and then Canada face Chile three days later.
She says having two Scots, Kim Little and Caroline Weir, as well as Welsh skipper Sophie Ingle, will add another “dynamic” and “culture”.
And since GB has only submitted a women’s soccer team to the Olympics for the second time – they reached the last eight in 2012 – means the squad is relieved of past results, despite the warm-up game against Zambia being canceled due to coronavirus complications.
“We’re the only team that hasn’t been beaten in the last nine years!” Jokes bronze.
“It’s an advantage for us as a new team. A lot of other teams may say that we didn’t have much time to prepare, but the team we have at GB is so well prepared anyway and the players have in top countries played and “for top teams including Champions League finals, so it was pretty smooth and easy for us to get together.
“The pressure will come from us. We have the expectation that we want to get on the podium and win gold because we have the players and the quality to do it regardless of what England, Scotland and Wales have done. We come together to create something “a different environment.”
She added: “Last year I was super excited about the players we had to choose from.
“I thought ‘this gold medal is coming back to the UK’ and my mindset hasn’t changed a bit, I even had to wait 12 months for it to finally come.
“The talent we have, there is no reason we can’t beat a team out there.”
Like bronze, all players must win a UK women’s first football medal without the support of their families or spectators, which in their opinion is “not great”.
But she added, “We know we are in a lucky position to even go to the Olympics so we will see the positive side.
“We’re going to represent the UK, which 90% of us have never done before and 90% of the families have never been part of it. I was with my mom recently and she said she was part of Team GB’s family and friends group.” on Facebook, humming over a t-shirt that was on the move.
“We know that the support from home will be immense.”