Japan Women v England Women World Cup Semi-Final 2015
If the aim of the Lionesses was to establish women's football in our collective consciousness then they couldn't have done a better job this summer. We really don't do winning in Albion and ultimate glory in the World Cup would have witnessed a short-term spike of interest and celebration and little else. Now though, after claiming our hearts with their patriotism, fortitude and flair only to be undone by heartbreaking pathos they're truly one of us.
Laura Bassett's 92nd minute own-goal may have looped from her right boot but more so it can be credited to an all-too-familiar cruel hand of fate, a fate that evidently doesn't like us very much.
Prior to the tournament many males held prejudiced views on the women's game. Those same guys wearily climbed the stairs late last night as if Katie Hopkins awaited them in a negligee.