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England’s new aura has Karen Carney thinking of gold at Euro 2017

• Winger says England now like Germany and the USA
• ‘Why shouldn’t we be confident? We’ve got some excellent players’

Karen Carney believes England have developed the sort of aura that distinguishes champions from also-rans. Although the Chelsea winger does not turn 30 until next month, the European Championship is her eighth major tournament and she can remember a time when the Lionesses felt, if not out of place, a little uncomfortable in elite company.

“I think there’s a bit of an aura about this team now,” said the creator of England’s fifth goal – scored by Jordan Nobbs – in Wednesday’s 6-0 humiliation of Group D rivals Scotland. “Germany have had it for years and the United States have it but it’s what England have lacked going into major tournaments for the last 10 years.”

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