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Alessia Russo: England glory can launch women's football

Alessia Russo hopes England's Euro 2022 glory provides a catalyst for the women's game

The Manchester United forward scored four goals for the Lionesses during the tournament - including a memorable backheel in the semi-final against Sweden - as she won the first major trophy of her career and now hopes to see more supporters at Women's Super League games.

Russo told Sky Sports News: "My first major trophy, it makes me so hungry for more. I hope we see more fans in the stadiums at WSL games, that's what we want, we want to fill out stadiums week-in, week-out.

"Having 90,000 people at the final was amazing and it's crazy to play in front of that many people but, at the same time, we want to see them week-in, week-out in the WSL.

"Hopefully this tournament has sparked new fans coming into the game. We've got a packed season with all the top teams and a lot of the England squad is playing in the WSL so there's lots of opportunities to see us much more regularly."

Russo had high praise for England manager Sarina Wiegman who won her second European crown after guiding her native Netherlands to glory at the last tournament in 2017.

The player said: "She's amazing. Her record speaks for itself. To go through two major tournaments back-to-back without losing a game in the Euros is unbelievable.

"She's a winner, she knows how to win. She wants to win every day and she makes training so competitive which helps us when it comes to the game day. Off the pitch, she is so chilled. She's relaxed, she makes everyone around camp feel welcome and relaxed."

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