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Kirby and Lionesses gunning to end England's 49-year wait

1 July 2015

England Women one step away from World Cup final

Fran Kirby and the England Lionesses will become the first senior England team to reach the final of a major tournament if they can beat Japan at the Women’s World Cup this evening.

The Three Lions, who downed hosts Canada in the quarter-finals on Saturday night, kick-off against Japan – the reigning world champions – at midnight BST and fans can watch the game live on BBC One.

The Lionesses have won their last four games 2-1 to reach the last-four stage and FA CEO Martin Glenn is urging fans to stay up late and cheers them on.

He said: “It will be great for the whole country to get behind the Lionesses and wear their colours with pride on Wednesday. Moments like this are special and help bring the nation together. Come on England!”

England began their World Cup campaign with a narrow 1-0 defeat to France in Moncton. In their second match, against Mexico, they recovered with the Royals’ Kirby breaking the deadlock 20 minutes from time as they won 2-1.

It was an identical scoreline in their final group game. Kirby started as goals from Karen Carney and a Fara Williams penalty earned the Lionesses a spot in the round of 16.

They then came from behind against Norway to progress into the last eight and early strikes from Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze, who also netted against the Norwegians, saw them overcome Canada to earn their place in the semi-finals.

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