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If England can handle great expectations they can capture the country’s heart | Eni Aluko

This summer’s tournament is potentially the most open World Cup ever and England have every chance of going all the way

World Cup fever is almost here and I am very excited for the games to get started. It’s now almost 12 years since I played in my first tournament in China and since then the women’s game has changed remarkably. This feels like a great moment for women’s football to take centre stage, not just as a Women’s World Cup but as a World Cup that everyone can get interested in.

In terms of the wider impact, the last few World Cups have been the most watched sports events of that year and we are now attracting millions of fans from around the globe. Hopefully, we will see lots more people watching the group games as opposed to starting to watch later in the tournament, with England against Scotland in the first game a great example of an opening group game that should attract millions of viewers in the United Kingdom.

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