The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

COV­ER­ING the Women’s World Cup was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence – the stan­dard of football was bril­liant and we got great ac­cess to the Eng­land team.

They are a joy to speak to and in­ter­view. It’s dif­fi­cult when you’re work­ing with the girls so closely not to be­come a sup­porter!

Un­like a lot of English press out there we went to the fi­nal too. It meant we had to watch the Eng­land bronze medal match with Ger­many in a square in Van­cou­ver.

I think Eng­land would have given the USA a bet­ter game in the fi­nal than Ja­pan did. But when you’ve got a player like Carli Lloyd pro­duc­ing a hat-trick like she did in the World Cup fi­nal, you’re dif­fi­cult to stop.

We’re get­ting to the point where the gap be­tween Eng­land and the very top isn’t as big. Pre­vi­ously it’s been about Ger­many and France, but I think we’re con­tenders to be the best team in Europe.

We’ve still got a lot to do here. Manch­ester City de­serve great plau­dits for ev­ery­thing they’ve done with their sta­dium and the in­vest­ment they’ve put in.

I think we’re go­ing to see a lot more of Ar­se­nal and I’m hear­ing whis­pers they may go full-time. Chelsea and Notts County have great set-ups but in­stead of talk­ing about a few, we need to be talk­ing about the ma­jor­ity boast­ing pro­fes­sional set-ups.

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