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18 July 2017

Jordan Nobbs expects tough Scotland test as England’s women get set to kick off Euro 2017 campaign

JORDAN NOBBS knows Scotland will be gunning for her side but has promised the Lionesses will give as good as they get – and then some.

The England midfielder expects a physical game as the Auld Enemies line up in Utrecht for their Euro 2017 Group D opener.

Jordan Nobbs expects a tough game against Scotland in their Euro 2017 opener
Jordan Nobbs expects a tough game against Scotland in their Euro 2017 opener
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England train ahead of beginning their Euro 2017 campaign in Utrecht
England train ahead of beginning their Euro 2017 campaign in Utrecht
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It is the first time Scotland have qualified for a major tournament, while the Lionesses impressed at the World Cup two years ago, coming third as the top European team.

And Nobbs said: “We know the rivalry and how competitive it’s going to be.

Scotland will bring the more aggressive side to the game and definitely try to get in our heads. It just makes it more exciting for the fans and it should be a good game to watch.

“We’ve got to be winning the first and second balls and play quickly and we’ve got players who can definitely do that.

“We have a lot of players with tournament experience who have been in pressure games and dealt with scenarios like people trying to get inside your head. We know that’s going to be a trait of Scotland and we have to stay calm and focus on us. We have a game plan and we’re happy with where we’re at to face them.”

Mark Sampson named his Euros squad over three months ago and preparations have been intense.

England will face Scotland in their first game at the tournament on Wednesday
England will face Scotland in their first game at the tournament on Wednesday
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England boss Mark Sampson puts his side through their paces in training
England boss Mark Sampson puts his side through their paces in training
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England Women's Steph Houghton says Lionesses are progressing as a team


England have won their last six meetings with Scotland, notching 16 goals.

Spain and Portugal, who play earlier tonight, make up the rest of Group D, with the top two sides from each group progressing to the quarter-finals.

England are among the favourites to triumph in Holland, while Germany – who have won the last six editions of the competition – were held to a draw in their Group B opener with Sweden.

England train in the sunshine in Utrecht ahead of the Euros
England train in the sunshine in Utrecht ahead of the Euros
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Carly Telford will hope to prove she is a safe pair of hands in the England goal
Carly Telford will hope to prove she is a safe pair of hands in the England goal
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Alex Scott looked to be having fun during training in Holland
Alex Scott looked to be having fun during training in Holland
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And Arsenal star Nobbs, 24, relishes the pressure that comes with having the nation’s hopes resting on her team’s shoulders.

She said: “England are the ones to look out for at this tournament. It’s exciting for us to have that pressure and to know teams are fearing us. The belief that Mark’s brought into the squad over the past two years has been incredible.

“We’re physically in a great place and have worked hard to get in shape for this tournament. On the ball we’re very adaptable and can play with different game plans so teams don’t know what we’re going to do.

“Any time you wear an England shirt is an incredibly proud moment and we’re all excited to get started.”

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