"Tooney has come back in and she has done an unbelievable job," Walsh stated. "People probably won't speak about it too much, but it's not easy to come in for a quarter-final or semi-final when all the spotlight has been on the player's place you are taking.
She tackled, she got stuck in, she took us up the pitch, she gave us a lot of security. LJ is a massive talent, but we have got to put some respect on Tooney's name as well - she has been fantastic."
Lauren James, a forward for Chelsea at the age of 21, displayed a remarkable performance in the group stage of the competition, tallying three goals and three assists. However, her journey faced a setback when she was sent off in the last-16 match with Nigeria, a game that England ultimately won in a penalty shootout after playing extra time with a player down.
Ella Toone, representing Manchester United, played a crucial role in England's quarter-final win against Colombia and began as a starter in the semi-final victory over Australia. Toone's prowess on the field was evident when she scored in the Euro 2022 final against Germany, sealing a 2-1 triumph at Wembley.
Walsh, who has been a consistent presence in England's lineup, has only missed one game due to a knee injury. Her transition from Manchester City to Barcelona in 2022 was marked by a Champions League victory in her debut season with the Spanish club.
As England braces for the final clash against Spain, Walsh is prepared to lend her insights to manager Sarina Wiegman, should the need arise. However, she acknowledges the formidable skillset possessed by the Spanish players, particularly those from Barcelona.
"The Barca girls are obviously unbelievable players, and I am sure whatever I say, they will probably come up with something different because they are very special players," Walsh remarked.
The anticipation mounts as England and Spain prepare for an exhilarating Women's World Cup final, with the Lionesses banking on the remarkable contributions of players like Ella Toone and Keira Walsh to secure victory on the grand stage.">