sport news Millie Bright has a clear goal: 'Make strikers fear you'

Millie Bright came to this Women's European Championship with a clear recipe for England success: 'Make strikers fear you.'

It is an outlook the nation's newest centre back star credits to her grandfather Arthur, a veteran of Doncaster's Rossington Colliery mine, as she takes advice from her travelling family horde who are following the Lionesses here in Holland.

At every game, the Bright clan's homemade banner catches the eye. But Europe's top forwards are struggling get the image of this young no-nonsense, front foot defender out of their heads, too.

The Bright clan: (left-right) Millie's grandmother Margaret, dad Steve, uncle Rich, mum Nicola and grandfather Arthur at their Utrecht base

The Bright clan: (left-right) Millie's grandmother Margaret, dad Steve, uncle Rich, mum Nicola and grandfather Arthur at their Utrecht base

Perhaps the impressive strength of Bright, 23, is best summed up by an incident back in April when 's Alice Parisi jumped in on a challenge on her — only to break her own leg.

In Sunday's historic Euro quarter-final win over France, Marie-Laure Delie and Laura Georges were routinely sent sprawling as Bright always emerged with the ball.

Holland, up next in Thursday night's semi-final, will be wary. That advice from Grandad is working well — as well as watching John Terry across the training fields at her club, Chelsea.

Millie Bright and Jill Scott take a little time out during training on Monday afternoon

Millie Bright and Jill Scott take a little time out during training on Monday afternoon

'My grandad has always said 'if you're going in for a ball you go 100 per cent and you never go in half-hearted',' Bright says. 'If it's a 50-50, he always used to say, 'Millie, you're coming out with it'.

'Every game I've had that mindset, I just make sure I go in and win it. Obviously we go to the gym a lot and work on certain physical strengths but I think it's more mental.

'You have to make the strikers fear you and make it difficult for them to get on the ball and go into different areas. That makes my job easier. You have to get one above your opponent and being on the front foot allows you to do that. It allows you to dominate them.

Bright (left) was very impressive in England's 1-0 victory over France on Sunday

Bright (left) was very impressive in England's 1-0 victory over France on Sunday

'I've also looked up to John Terry, he has been a massive defender for me and a rock. He is really good at

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