Strong England squad delights Scott

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Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Jill Scott believes England have enough options in their squad to keep World Cup quarter-final opponents Canada guessing until the last minute.

Manager Mark Sampson has happily shuffled his Lionesses throughout the tournament, using all 21 outfield players in the first four games.

That has given everyone a chance to stake their claim to face the hosts at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium in front of an expected 60,000 crowd.

Scott insists everyone is ready and that the Canucks will have no way of knowing what personnel or system Sampson will deploy.

“I actually think we could field two teams of 11 in this tournament and they would both get to at least the quarters, that’s how good I think this squad is,” the Manchester City midfielder told TheFA.com.

“I know I can do a job for the team, just like any of the other 22 girls.

“I think we have proved in this tournament that we can play in a number of different ways and a number of different formations, and that’s quite pleasing.

“Canada won’t know what England team is going to show up on Saturday.”

Scott is a two-time loser at the quarter-final stage, having featured in England’s last-eight defeats to the United States in 2007 and France four years later.

The 28-year-old scored in the latter match but that hardly mitigates her frustration.

“I’ve been involved in two quarter-finals in the past and lost them both. It’s very depressing to lose a big match like that,” she said.

“This is going to be a massive game. Whether it’s one of the new girls, or one of the players that have been to two World Cups before, we know this is a big game.

“We all want to be in the semi-final. To be in the last four of a World Cup would be a fantastic feeling.”

Fellow midfielder Katie Chapman acknowledges that England will have to be strong to cope with the huge partisan crowd but believes the fans will also place a different kind of pressure on the home side.

The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder said: “We’ve got to give it everything and play the way we have been playing. If we do that, go there and perform we can definitely get a result.

“It’s going to be absolutely massive. It’s the quarter final of a World Cup and we’re playing the home nation in front of 50,000 fans.

“The crowd will be very hostile so we’ll have to manage that well. I quite like the crowd being against you though, it drives you on.

“It is going to be a tough game even though Canada will have a lot of pressure on them.

“We have nothing to lose. We’ve got to give it everything and play the way we have been playing. If we do that, go there and perform we can definitely get a result.”

Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by The News Editor

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