LUCY BRONZE is going the right way to getting a statue built in her honour made out of her name.

The England defender scored a goal of the tournament contender as the Lionesses stormed into the World Cup semi-final after beating Norway 3-0.

‘Who cares’ sneer the undateables and men who only see their kids every other weekend.

Well 7.6 million cared enough to tune in as it became the UK’s most-watched female football game ever – 700,000 more than they got the previous round in their bonkers match with Cameroon.

Ignore the (probably) long-term singletons who really should be pitied for being born 100 years too late for their ways of thinking and remember strong women scare weak men.

Instead embrace and enjoy a different type of football – a throwback style without the cynicism, play-acting and entitlement that is slowly ruining the men’s game.

Man has his will but woman has her way and at France 2019 it seems women’s football is definitely going the right way.

There is precious little diving, the athleticism and technical levels are improving year-on-year and the passion shown is refreshing and feels honest.

Phil Neville also deserves praise as a man clearly comfortable in a women’s world who has brought this talented group together and is working with them without falling into the murky mansplaining trap.

The former England and Manchester United star classily said that Bronze ‘played full-back to a better level’ than he did and that the Lyon superstar was ‘the best player in the world’.

Bronze, 28, loves playing against Norway and scored a similar screamer against them in Canada four years ago.

Next up is Tuesday’s semi-final and the side’s biggest test to date against holders USA and their brilliant Trump-baiting superstar Megan Rapinoe. Find a way to win that and England really will be favourites to go all the way.

The Lionesses have grown as the tournament has progressed with their strong spine of the team. Karen Bardsley is cool, calm and collected in goal; skipper Steph Houghton and Mille Bright are solid at centre-back; 137-cap superhero Jill Scott’s in the middle with England’s longest-serving player Karen Carney and Nikita Parris and Ellen White are creative and clinical up front.

The detractors who swim in the shallow end of the emotional pool bang on about the players not being as strong, fast and skilful as the men but right-thinking fans don’t compare the two and instead see them as stand-alone versions of the beautiful game.

In response to misogynists saying women don’t work as hard as men – I just shrug and say they don’t have to, they get it right the first time!

AND finally don’t you just love Manchester United fans?

After signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50million they are already insisting he is the best left-back in the Premier League – no question, no doubt, no discussion.

Yes this is the same Wan-Bissaka, 21, who has only set up three goals for Crystal Palace, has yet to be capped and had a nightmare for England Under-21s at the Euros this summer.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, 20, with his Champions League winners’ medal, six full England caps who chipped in with a quite ridiculous 12 Premier League assists and scored for both club and country last season wants a word.

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