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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 June 2005, 13:17 GMT 14:17 UK
Aluko hoping for positive effect
Eniola Aluko
Eniola Aluko is hoping interest in women's football in England will grow, despite the team's exit at Euro 2005.

The Charlton striker, 18, went close to a bizarre equaliser in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden when keeper Hedvig Lindahl's clearance cannoned off her head.

"I hope that what people have seen in the last few days has opened their eyes and changed minds," Aluko said.

"I hope it will have a positive effect on domestic football and football in the future in international terms."

Of the incident in which she nearly scored, she added: "I had a kind of blackout. It was very weird and the first thing I asked the medics was: 'Did it go in?'"

England coach Hope Powell is also hoping the fans that flocked to watch her team will maintain their interest in the future.

Close to 70,000 supporters attended England's three matches and more than 10,000 tickets have already been sold for next Sunday's final at Ewood Park.

"We've won some people over. We've made lots of fans and lots of friends and I will them to come back and support us because this squad have a lot to offer," she said.

"People want to watch us. There is a lot of interest out there and it shows how well we've done. Hopefully that interest will continue."


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