England ‘raring to go’ in World Cup opener against Scotland

Nikita Parris says England are raring to go ahead of their Women’s World Cup opener against Scotland – and have been since the draw was made.

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The Lionesses face the Auld Enemy in Nice on Sunday, and forward Parris told Press Association Sport: “We’ve been raring to go since it was announced Scotland was going to be our first game in the group.

“We’re so excited for the game and we’ve just tried to keep our emotions in check to ensure that we’re preparing right in training.

“Training is competitive. Everyone wants to win every game, whether it’s head tennis, whether it’s five-a-side, because we’re really making sure we’re in that state of winning mentality to ensure we go into that Scotland game ready to go.”

The last meeting between the teams was England’s 6-0 victory in their opening match of Euro 2017.

Parris, who came off the bench in that game, said: “This is a different Scotland. They lost a lot of players – Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie – before the tournament even kicked off.

“This is a different game, a different tournament. Scotland have really done so well to get here. It’s their first World Cup tournament, it’s massive for them and they are going to come out fighting. They’ll want to get their World Cup off to a good start and so do we.”

Parris, England’s top-scorer in their qualifying campaign, added: “It’s important we get those Ws on the board and I think it’s important that as an individual I put out a good performance to really get my World Cup started.

“In every game I have a mindset of if I get two chances I want to put away two goals.

“You can’t predict how the game is going to go, but what you can say is if a chance does come I want to put it away and make sure I look confident in front of that goal.

“Because you need to have a good feel going through the rest of the tournament and it’s important we score goals because ultimately goals win games.”


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