Dan Walker praises two England stars as Lionesses storm into semis ‘a class apart’

The Football Focus presenter singled out two of England’s stars for high praise. Dan has been a vocal fan during England’s campaign as they won their fifth match of the tournament. Their victory means they will face either the USA or France in the last four in Lyon, France.

Taking to Twitter, Dan wrote: “Well that was a dominant quarter-final display.

“Houghton and Bronze are a class apart.

“Semi-finals here we come.”

Ellen White scored her fifth goal of the tournament in between Jill Scott’s opener and a Lucy Bronze screamer from the edge of the area as Phil Neville’s side set up a mouthwatering clash with either holders the United States or hosts France.

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England were devastating on their right flank with Bronze and Nikita Parris, who missed a late penalty, tormenting their opponents throughout as Norway suffered physically.

The team has never reached a World Cup final, having fallen at the semi-final hurdle four years ago.

On that occasion the team managed to secure third spot at the tournament.

This time, they took the lead after only three minutes when Bronze burst down the right flank and cut in from the byline.

England manager Phil Neville told the BBC: “We expected nothing else and that’s not being arrogant. I thought it should have been four or five (goals).

“That is the level of performance we have been showing. We are having the time of our lives. We are just where we want to be.”

He also praised Bronze.

Neville added: “What you have seen tonight is that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world: there is no player like her in the world, no player who has her athleticism and quality.

“I played full-back but never to that level she played at.”

Dan hosts BBC Breakfast with Louise Minchin.

Louise has claimed that they regularly help each other out of tight spots on air.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

source: express.co.uk