, who helped the University of North Carolina win a national title in 2009, has emerged as the star of England's surprise march to the semifinals of
the Women's World Cup with goals from her right-back position in 2-1 wins over Norway and host Canada. She sees another upset in the cards when England plays Japan on Wednesday in Edmonton.
“We know we can beat them, we know how we can beat them, it’s just about, can we do it on the day?” Bronze said. “I think we can. England are going all the way.”
England beat eventual champion Japan, 2-0, in the group stage at the 2011 Women's World Cup -- Japan had already clinched a berth in the quarterfinals -- played to a 1-1 tie in 2013 when a
potential winner by Bronze, celebrating her first England cap, was called back for offside late in the game.
England tied Japan, 2-2, in their only other meeting at the 2007 Women's World
“Japan are obviously the favorites,” Bronze said, “we know that. But we’re confident. They’re the reigning world champions and that’s a big deal.
But for us to play one of the great teams at a World Cup is exciting. We’ve come across Norway, a hard European team, a couple of South American teams [Mexico and Colombia] and now we’ve
beaten the host nation. Japan will be a different challenge again, but we’re looking forward to it.”
Bronze is one of four members of the England Women's World Cup team along
with Jordan Nobbs
, Toni Duggan
and Jade Moore
who started on England's 2009 U-19
European championship team.
She helped Liverpool Ladies win the Women's Super League in 2013 and 2014 and was named the PFA Women’s Players' Player of the Year 2014.