England women football team star Millie Bright says she has always looked up to former Chelsea star John Terry.
The 23-year old recently displaced Laura Bassett in defence as she enjoys a good partnership with Manchester City defender Steph Houghton. So far their partnership has limited goals conceded at the Euro 2017.
“I’ve always looked up to John Terry, he’s a massive defender and a rock. His one-v-one defending and reading of the game have really educated me. I watch a lot of clips of him,” she says.
Bright praised the positioning skills of her role model, claiming it is “the basis of Terry’s game.” She says trusts her natural instincts a lot and tries not to overthink things.
“If you think too much, that’s when the mistakes come in. Keep it basic is what I’ve been doing well – winning my headers and making sure I win my one-v-one battles. Often your natural instinct tells you whether to hold or go,” she added.
Bright has done well in the role after Coach Mark Sampson placed his faith in her. After four games, the team has conceded just one goal, helping them approach the semifinal on Thursday with confidence. England saw off serious competition from France in the last eight as they won by a single goal.
She praised their opponent for their efforts and hailed the team for being a tight unit. She revealed that her family has been supporting her massively throughout the tournament with the France victory the zenith.
Bright adds that she has enjoyed the support of the teammates as she debuts at the tournament. She claims she is “a front foot defender” who is never halfhearted. For now they are set to face the Netherlands team in the last four with the hope that they win yet another title for England this year.