It was action stations for Steph Houghton and her England colleagues today as the Lionesses prepare for Tuesday’s huge World Cup semi-final against the United States.
The City and England skipper led her team-mates through some sprinting drills in a sun-drenched Lyon today as Phil Neville’s squad finalised preparations.
England’s march to the semi-finals has captured the nation’s attention and the eagerly-awaited clash with the reigning world champions is a 59,000 sell-out at Lyon's Groupama Stadium.
Houghton – one of a phalanx of City stars who have made key contributions to the Lionesses’ cause - has earned widespread praise for her form throughout the tournament.
Now comes the biggest test of all, with England just 90 minutes from reaching the final.