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The Fiver | The time for pointless comparisons is now over

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An England team surfing into a World Cup on a wave of hype? Check. The same team being touted as genuine contenders by its many media cheerleaders? Check. An opening group game against dangerously underrated opponents to whom few give a snowball’s chance in hell? Checkity, check check check. While there is no shortage of bores on social media disgraces who care so little about women’s football they seem compelled to spend their every waking hour droning on about how inferior it is to the men’s game, the parallels between England’s Lionesses pitching up for the Women’s World Cup and countless men’s teams arriving at major competitions before them are striking … and rather ominous for those of a cynical bent.

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