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England believe Mark Sampson’s great leap forward can bring Euro 2017 glory

Quarter-final victory over France and Germany’s shock defeat have left Sampson’s well-drilled women’s squad convinced they can end a 51-year national wait

People often talk about jumping for joy but it is relatively unusual to see a full-grown adult actually do it. Such scarcity value meant things felt significant when, late on Sunday night at a small, slightly dilapidated, football stadium in the ancient Netherlands city of Deventer, a 34-year-old Welshman offered a perfect physical demonstration of such rare, unbridled happiness.

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