England captain Steph Houghton cannot wait to take on hosts Canada in their Women’s World Cup quarter-final this weekend.
Monday’s dramatic come-from-behind victory over Norway has given Houghton’s side real hope of further progress.
The 27-year-old, from South Hetton, scored against the Norwegians and is fired up for the clash with the Canadians in Vancouver. She said: “It’s what dreams are made of.
“Now we have got to take care of ourselves, recover properly, and make sure we go and do the business.
“We know it’s going to be tough, but we are really excited.
“Canada will have all the fans, but we have already showed we have got the players to step up and hopefully they will do it again on Saturday (kick-off is at 12.30am on Sunday BST).”
Manchester City star Houghton headed England’s leveller against Norway, before fellow former Sunderland player Lucy Bronze grabbed the winner.
Houghton said of her equaliser to thefa.com: “We needed it. We needed a bit of a confidence boost.
“As soon as it went in, you saw a totally different England side. We really got a hold of the game, especially the last half-hour.
“We were tremendous in terms of frustrating Norway, controlling the rhythm and tempo and seeing the game out.
“It’s credit to every single member of the squad because we showed great character over the 90 minutes.
“We know how determined we are to stay in (the World Cup) for the long haul.”