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Lucy Bronze has battled through pain at Euro 2022

Lucy Bronze has played through the pain at Euro 2022.

The full-back is regarded as one of the best players in women's football but doesn't think she has been at her best during England's run to the final as a result of lingering effects of a knee injury.

Bronze said: "It's been difficult to come back from a knee injury which has lingered for a very long time and still is now.

"I've just got to play through it. There are plenty of players who are having to play through pain in their career and I'm now one of them."

Bronze underwent surgery on the issue last year and is happy to be contributing for the Lionesses even if she feels she could be playing better.

When pointed out that she performed well in the semi-final win over Sweden, Bronze said: "Everyone keeps saying that but I don't feel like I did a couple of years ago. The Lucy Bronze of a couple of years ago was 'the best player in the world'!

"I'm still happy to be contributing to the team, still playing good football, obviously getting an assist for Beth (Mead) and getting her up there to get the Golden Boot."

England will win their first ever major trophy in women's football if they beat Germany at Wembley (31.07.22) and Bronze says the tournament will only be a success if the Lionesses finish the job.

The Barcelona player said: "I think anyone I've spoken to before the tournament knows I was always focused on wanting to win the final. Now we've every chance of doing that. That was a job we came here to do and now we've got ourselves in the best position to do that."

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