The mood in the squad is good after Monday’s win over the USA, which was a result that I felt we deserved.
After getting off to a flier with big scores in our opening games against Japan and Venezuela, and then a convincing 5-0 win over Holland, we’d scored 25 goals and conceded none in the group stage so we definitely had a bit of a reality check against America.
- ICFPF CP World Championship
- 7.30pm, Wednesday 20 September 2017
- San Luis, Argentina
It was a hard game against a side we’ve played a lot over the last few years. We last played them at the World Championship in 2015, albeit a weaker USA team, and beat them 10-0 so that shows just how far they’ve come since then. Fair play to them.
They were a match for us throughout the game, they were organised, strong and always had a threat from set pieces but we had to stand up to that.
We dug deep and showed our character and I think we deserved to win. If you see the game stats, that’s fairly clear but their keeper had a real worldy to keep them in the match for so long.
But we knew if we stayed patient and in control, our quality would shine through and that’s what happened in the end.
We’ll need to do that again in the semi-final, and a bit more, because we’ll need to be even better against Iran in the semi-final.
We’ve never played against them in all of my time with the England squad, but they’re a top, top team. I’ve watched them closely over the years, in the Paralympics they were absolutely sensational and they’ve been really good out here as well.