Lucy Bronze believes England Women are ready to thrive under the Euro 2017 spotlight.

The defender was among the 23 players named in Mark Sampson’s squad for the summer showpiece in Netherlands.

The 25-year-old helped her country pick up a bronze medal at the 2015 World Cup, six years after winning the U19 Euros in Belarus.

Per The FA, the Lionesses have yet to win a tournament at senior level, but Bronze said her team-mates have never been as prepared to change that stat.

She explained: “I’m one of those players who really relishes the big occasions. I want to play in all the big tournaments, all the big games.

“And it’s in these big tournaments where I think we can perform now. In the past we might have had a good few results in the build-up but we maybe lost a bit of oomph in the tournament itself.

“But when we go into a tournament now we’re excited by it. We are used to playing tournament football and we enjoy playing tournament football.”

Bronze continued: “We’re enjoying the fact that people are looking at us.

“We might not have been noticed that much in other tournaments, but now people are very aware of us and that’s a great pressure to have. All the girls are really relishing that.”

Sampson’s squad are at St. George’s Park this week, preparing for their final two home matches before the Euros.

They welcome Italy to Vale Park on Friday night before hosting Austria in Milton Keynes next Monday.

England achieved a historic win over World Cup holders USA at last month’s SheBelieves Cup and Bronze wants to build on that result over the next two matches.

She said: “We need to give the fans a good send-off. We played some good football in the SheBelieves Cup and I think people would have enjoyed watching it.

“Hopefully we can treat our home fans to some more good football before we go off to the Euros.

“I really believe that we will play even better in the Netherlands than we did at the World Cup.”

“We’ve got that winning mentality and we know we must find a way to win, but we want to give the fans something they will enjoy watching.

“We want the fans to get behind us when we go to the Euros.”

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