Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dani Buet believes England’s progress at this year’s Women’s World Cup can inspire the next generation of footballers, and hopes it can boost attendances across the FA Women’s Super League.
Buet hailed the Lionesses’ achievements out in France, as well as in recent years, and spoke about how the quality of women’s football is increasing both internationally and at club level.
She said, “When I was growing up, you wouldn’t have seen England women’s matches advertised on TV. But now, the media coverage has been fantastic, and the girls were brilliant.
“USA were on a different level, but we’re making so many steps in the right direction, and it’s a third semi-final in a row that England have reached. It’s going to be very exciting to see how this game progresses.
“Hopefully some of the fans that went out to support the Lionesses can come to our game too. When we were at the Amex and nearly 6,000 fans turned up, it was great for the whole squad.
“We appreciate every one of our fans that come to our games. The more fans we get, the better, because the standard is also improving so much.
“There’s so much excitement in the game and I’m looking forward to seeing the impact of the Women’s World Cup.
“I know more players will come to the FA WSL after the tournament, and it will raise the profile of the game even more.”
The Seagulls skipper was talking after taking part in some pre-season tests on Thursday as Hope Powell's side returned for pre-season, and explained that the hard work starts now.
“It felt like our first day back at school! It was quite a long six weeks off, but it was a well-needed break for all of us. We’ve all done our pitch-based testing, and now we’re doing our scientific tests that measure our strength and power," she continued.
“We’ve done some medical screening to help prevent any injuries and found some areas that we need to improve on to help us avoid getting injuries.”
Buet looked ahead at the upcoming FA WSL season in more detail, and explained that it will be even more difficult next season with the introduction of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
“Last season was a learning curve for us, and we went into the first half of the season feeling nervous, but we were a different side in the second half of the season and played with confidence.
“We’re not the new team on the block now and we know that Spurs and Man United coming into the league makes the task even harder than last year.
"We need to keep improving and keep stepping in the right direction if we want to stay at the top level.”