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Ready to go - Hope
 Women's Football News 25 Aug 2009
 
Ready to go - Hope - 25 Aug 2009 - Women's Football NewsHope Powell says that her England side are "ready to go" ahead of their Euro 2009 opener against Italy on Tuesday.
 
England take on the Italians in their opening group match in Lahti and Hope is more than satisfied that her team is on schedule to take up the challenge. "Preparations have gone really well I think," she said. "It's been very relaxed, I think that apart from the hard work that the players have to do sometimes they have enjoyed it.
 
"We had a good week at Bisham, and I guess that once the final selection is made, everyone can relax and just look forward to the tournament. All in all preparations have been good and everybody is available for selection.
 
"Everybody is in match mode and ready to go."
 
However Hope is quick to warn that Italy will not be easy opposition. "I saw them play against Finland recently and we've had them looked at four or five times, and they've definitely gone through that transition period and come out at the other end - unfortunately for us," she admitted.
 
"We have to respect that and we'll take nothing for granted, we'll go in fully prepared and know what to expect. On the day we have to perform and that's what it's all about.
 
"With the experiences we have had from Euro 2005 and looking at Denmark on Sunday in losing a game they were expected to win the first game is interesting. We won the first game four years ago and yet Finland went through and we finished bottom of the group.
 
"So we want to win our first game, our second game and our third game. We want to win them all. Firstly it's about getting out of the group and hopefully we will get off to a good start."
 
"We watched the games on Sunday when the tournament kicked off, and having been here a week now we know that with each day it's getting closer," added Faye White. "I always like coming to the stadium on the night before the game because that's where everything starts to fall into place.
 
"You get a feel for the stadium and you have to make sure you're ready for the big game the next day.
 
"It was a bit of a surprise in the Denmark game, we played them recently and we know how strong they are. I think just from the first half performance Denmark seemed to control the game but they had a few chances they didn't take and it came back on them in the second half.
 
"It just shows in the tournament that things like that can happen, and we certainly won't be underestimating anyone in our first game. We'll go into the game confident but fully aware of what threat Italy can pose.
 
"As players we've been talking about our expectations and each time you achieve a result against a higher ranked team, that just helps your confidence going into big games. There are a lot of players that have the experience of two tournaments behind them, and we have the girls that have been playing out in America.
 
"There are so many leading players who can change the game for us now. On the pitch we don't look to one or two players, it's right across the team now and that comes from playing the big teams and beating them."
 
When asked about her recovery from her latest injury, Faye replied: "It's not new for me. How many injuries have I had over the years? As you come back from the setbacks you learn how to recover better each time, you also learn to focus on the future and not what is in the past.
 
"I've done it before and I feel I can do it again. I have the trust of the coaches and the players, and I wouldn't put myself in a position to go out and perform if I didn't feel I could do it - it wouldn't be fair on anyone.
 
"I think I've shown in the past that I can do it, and I can hopefully do well again."

 
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