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WWC: Canada Targets Semis Against England

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Canada will hope to get the crowd behind its players again in BC Place Stadium against England, which beat them 1-0 in this year’s Cyprus Cup final, but which lost to the hosts in a pre-tournament friendly.

“It’s almost like we can see the summit,” said Canada’s English coach, John Herdman.

“It’s within our grasp. We just have to reach up there.”

Olympic bronze medallist Canada’s best finish was fourth in 2003 while England had never advanced out of the knockout rounds before.

Australia coach Alen Stajcic believes his young Matildas can match fourth-ranked Japan, which impressed in a 2-1 last-16 defeat of the Netherlands.

“Japan is the defending world champions. We know how good they are. We played them in the Asian Cup final,” he added, noting a tie Australia lost 1-0.