Mark Sampson urges England's 'street fighters' to face up to France

Henrietta Strickland
July 30, 2017

But Arsenal striker Taylor insists England are good enough to reach the semis. If we are at our best then there's no question in my mind that we'll win, comfortably. "They showed what we are all about".

"France are fantastic technicians, but we're technically great as well".

"We have total belief in our team and I am really excited about playing them".

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Mark Sampson or Olivier Echouafni?

Echouafni reckoned England "did not want to face us". If you haven't already, then back them to win this game in 90 minutes. We couldn't have done more today", said Scotland coach Anna Signeul, who is leaving to take over Finland "Tonight was fantastic.

England lost 2-1 when the teams last met, in March.

"I'm not going to read much into that", said Sampson.

Taylor believes that without their key central defender, France will be vulnerable.

"It's a big challenge, France have got some great individual talent across the team and they have a very clear style of play".

'We had a hard group stage whereas for England it was maybe more easy with a lot of goals scored. "I've played 11, won nine", Sampson said ahead of Sunday's match in Deventer.

"We've got closer and closer to them and now we're right there with them - it's going to be a great match".

England are feeling confident after their best ever start to a European Championship.

The Arsenal Ladies forward is now at the top of the scoring charts in the Netherlands, as she has netted four times during the group stages, including a hat-trick against Scotland.

"If we're not, then this team has a capacity to win in hard circumstances so whatever comes our way tomorrow we'll be prepared for, we'll have talked about and planned for and I'm confident we can execute what we need to execute to win.' France have beaten England in the last three major tournaments but Sampson said the mood in his camp is one of 'excitement" rather than nervous anticipation.

"It's a luxury to have such a strong squad in a tournament".

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