‘We’ve got our body armour on’: Dutch rivalry permeates Lionesses camp

Players will watch men’s tie with Dutch coach WiegmanMillie Bright stresses importance of tournament nous

The England centre-back Millie Bright has joked that the Lionesses will need to be wearing protective gear when they watch the men’s national side face the Netherlands on Wednesday night in the company of their Dutch head coach, Sarina Wiegman.

The women’s squad and Wiegman will be eagerly watching the men’s semi-final as a joint group of staff and players at their team hotel in Norwich, before their Euro 2025 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on Friday, and the players hope their male counterparts can follow in their footsteps and win their first European Championship.

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