Rachel Daly goal for England in Luxembourg 'special' following father's death

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Rachel Daly wore a bracelet around her wrist that had the word "Dad" written on it against Luxembourg.

Rachel Daly gazed up and gave a kiss to heavens as her team-mates flooded her with joy.

It was a private moment, snatched in the euphoria at scoring one of England's injury-time goals to complete Tuesday's 10-0 win over Luxembourg.

It was a reminder about how difficult this week has been for Houston Dash forward Martyn, who died just days before the international break began.

Her Lionesses teammates quickly surrounded Daly, who recognized the importance of the moment.

Sarina Wiegman, England manager, said that it was a "special goal" at an "emotional & sad time" for Daly.

Wiegman stated, "How she performed this week and remained focused on football is truly amazing."

"She was always there and just delivered. She delivered tonight again, and scored the goal. We were so happy for her. She was also happy."

Millie Bright dedicated her goals against Luxembourg, her first two for England, to her best friend Daly as well as the memory of her father.

"One was for Rach, one for her pops." He's proud of her," she stated.

Bright stated that she had given Daly all of her strength to help her cope with the loss.

As a tribute to the 8-0 victory against North Macedonia, England wore black armbands. Daly started at right-back in both World Cup qualifiers.

Bright stated that it is her family and friends who must stand strong and support her in order to allow her to experience those moments when she needs them.

"I don’t believe anyone can be prepared to lose a parent.

"Rach wanted her dad to be proud of her and, my God, she has done it just by walking through camp's doors that first day. Not to mention playing two incredible games and scoring points for him."