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England could be crowned world champions for the first time since the men’s team triumphed in 1966, but on the eve of the monumental encounter the skipper was fully focused on the present.
And, while no one needs to explain the magnitude of the moment to the 29-year-old defender, she urged her teammates to approach the most important game in their history the same way as the others.
Bright said: “I think for us we live in the moment, and yes it’s a World Cup final, but for us our mentality is it’s another game.
“I think our preparations don’t change at any stage of the tournament and for me that’s the key part of the preparation.
“I want our players to prepare in all the ways they need to, like they normally do, and we have a game plan that we have to go out and execute, but I think everyone knows how bad that is. is important.
“I think it’s been a players dream for years.
“We know how passionate our nation is at home and how much they want us to win. But for us, there is a process. We have a game plan to execute. We have to play the game of our lives.
Boss of England Sarina Wiegman named Bright’s captain after Euro 2022 winner skipper Leah Williamson was ruled out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury ahead of the tournament.
Williamson will be in the stands on Sunday when the Lionesses exit Stadium Australia, which has more than 75,000 seats, led by Chelsea’s Bright, who insisted she would think more of the team than the symbol on her sleeve .
She said: “It’s huge, but it’s huge for the team. I think it’s always ‘us before me’ for me.
“I’ve always said, whether I have the armband or not, it’s a huge privilege and an honor and I think it will be the greatest moment of our careers.”
England coach Sarina Wiegman has already become the first manager to lead two teams to the World Cup final after accomplishing the same feat with the Netherlands four years ago.
The hugely popular Dutchwoman also has two European Championship trophies with those countries, but so far football’s most coveted title eludes her.
She said: “Playing a final is really special. I know that. I never take anything for granted.
“Playing in another is really special, but we’re just preparing for the game. Yes, it’s a final, but we’re not doing anything different from what we normally do.
“When you get that far in the tournament people get more and more excited and that’s what you see.”
Tomorrow, Wiegman faces the dilemma of whether to start forward lauren jameswho scored three times and had the same number of assists before being sent off in England’s last clash with Nigeria for stepping on the back of defender Michele Alozie and receiving a two-game ban.
Substitute Ella Toone scored in England’s 3-1 semi-final win over Australia but series winner Wiegman, who feels re-available James has been punished enough, could still be tempted to make an exchange for the prodigious talent of Chelsea.
She said: “Of course she really regretted that moment straight away. She apologized, she was punished for it and we all know that shouldn’t happen in football.
“She started training again and we supported her because sometimes when you’re not as experienced at that level, fatigue kicks in and you only have a split second where you lose your emotions.
“It’s a mistake, it’s a hard lesson to learn, but now she’s ready to step into the game.”