THREE LIONS 0 LIONESSES 1; FA Chief: Women Have Stronger Identity Than Men's Team

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THREE LIONS 0 LIONESSES 1; FA Chief: Women Have Stronger Identity Than Men's Team


Byline: despair for Jack Wilshere (right) BY DARREN LEWIS

FA chief executive Martin Glenn believes England's women footballers have a stronger "team identity" than their male counterparts.

The Three Lions supremo spoke as the FA unveiled plans to double the number of girls and women playing football to nearly six million by 2020.

The Lionesses pulled off the best performance by a senior England side since the 1966 World Cup-winning team two years ago. They beat Germany for the first time to finish third at the Women's World Cup in Canada.

England's men suffered a humiliating exit from Euro 2016 at the knockout stage to Iceland. Gareth Southgate, who names his squad on Thursday, is tasked with rebuilding team morale.

Glenn (right) said: "The women - and I saw it in Canada which gives us great hope - have a stronger sense of team identity as to who they are. Through adversity, because we have heard their stories, it has never been easy. You get strength through adversity. And we have worked hard with sports psychiatrists and the like to create that identity.

"We have got in Gareth someone who wants to do the same with the senior men's team and I am really confident we will have that.

"What we have is a bit of a void. If you ask an England men's player: 'What medal would you really want to have. Close your eyes?' "It's a World Cup winners' medal. Undoubtedly. There is a not a lack of passion or desire.

"But there is a bit of a gulf in what they do stand for. I think the bulldog spirit, go out and kill or whatever - it doesn't work for such a diverse group of players or this generation of them. So the England women's team is one of the best in terms of team spirit I have seen and we will get there with the men. …

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