After watching England’s uninspiring performance (on catch up) and the loss of their star player -first to close marking and then to immaturity, I am surprised that the bookies still only offer 3/1 against England lifting the cup.
The bookies predict an England v Spain final which will bring back memories for those in Brighton last summer who saw Spain give England their sternest test.
With the USA and Brazil out, the non-European challenge now rests with Japan (the best of the rest, Columbia and home favorites Australia. Frankly this is looking more and more like the Euros (II).
This is worrying. That the Americas are solely represented by Columbia suggests that world football is not quite as gender balanced as we’d hoped. Europe have caught up with the USA who left the tournament in ignominious fashion.
It would be good to see a little more adventure in the quarter finals. There is scope for flair but not if the penalty shoot-out is the end-game. After the extravagance of England’s performance against China, it was disappointing to see so little ambition against Nigeria. Keira Walsh has yet to play in an England team that played to their potential this tournament
Women’s football should learn from cricket that you bring spectators (especially youngsters into the game on the back of excitement and risk-taking, not a win-at-all costs mentality.
Unlike the pundits, who are struggling to keep our attention, us punters found the round of 16 a damp squib and this tournament badly needs some personality.
We wait to see developments – especially from England.