by Nia Griffiths
England defender Alex Scott has been speaking about the team’s potential while away on national duty.
The full-back made the team’s intentions clear ahead of their tie against Norway on Monday, saying, “We want to be here until the final. That is our aim. We said that coming into the tournament, and once you’re in it, it’s not about going home. No-one wants to go home early.”
England won two out of their three group matches, only losing 1-0 to France. They finished second in Group F and now face Norway in the final 16.
“I think we are really building momentum now. I think we are really growing into the tournament,” Scott said. “We are going into the game thinking ‘we want to build on the Colombia performance and we want to progress in this tournament’.”
England have so far being enjoying a successful World Cup campaign under coach Mark Sampson, who was given the role in 2013. The appointment came after Hope Powell was sacked following a string of disappointing results. Powell had been in charge since 1998, so her dismissal wasn’t taken lightly.
However, the team seem to have greatly improved over the last couple of seasons and now seem hungrier than ever to bring the World Cup to England.
In the 2011 World Cup, they reached the Quarter Finals and have therefore shown they’re capable of facing big competition.