Beijing: It didn’t quite go according to plan for China PR captain Wu Haiyan and her teammates in Canada in 2015. The team were hoping to ‘shock the world’ when they reached the FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-finals, but fell short after a narrow 1-0 defeat to eventual winners, the USA.
“2015 was a year with some regrets,” said Wu. “That year people learned that Team China was still young, but full of enthusiasm. After four years of effort, I hope this year we are to be recognised as a more mature, tactical and organised team.”
At just 26, Wu has immense responsibility on her shoulders as China look to go one step further than the team of 20 years ago, when a Sun Wen-led side narrowly lost out on penalties to the USA at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The defender said wearing the armband was something she found a little more difficult starting out, but has grown into the role, enjoying the responsibility of looking out for her ‘family’......
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