Alessia Russo admits England ‘can’t wait’ for the ‘incredible occasion’ as the Lionesses prepare to face Spain in the Women’s World Cup final this weekend.
England have reached the World Cup final for the first time after an impressive semi-final win over host nation Australia this week, with Russo scoring the third goal in a 3-1 win for Sarina Wiegman’s side.
The Arsenal forward has opened up on Sunday’s showdown with Spain in Sydney and admits a World Cup final is the game that ‘means the most’.
“This is the biggest game, the one you dream about, the one that means the most. I feel like it’ll hit when we’re in the tunnel. It’s an incredible occasion, it’s been an unbelievable tournament. This is it, it’s exactly where we want to be and we can’t wait,” she told a pre-match press conference.
Russo insists England are focused on the task at hand despite the occasion and revealed that the squad – who won the European Championship on home soil last summer – are relaxed heading into the game.
“We’re all aware it’s the World Cup final but as soon as the first whistle goes it’s just a normal game. That’s what we love to do, what we want to be doing. It’s 11 v 11, we know our job, we know what we want to do. We’re just going to play our game.
“Everyone’s obviously excited but we’re very relaxed, very chilled. It’s just another game for us. It shows the composure f the team. It’s another game that we must win.”