Duggan Pressing For England Start
Lionesses need a win against France to progress in Euros.
A win for England’s Women against Group C leaders France on Thursday will see them into the last eight of Euro 2013.
With the fixtures from Group A already complete, England know that three points in their final group match will be enough to advance through to the knockout stage.
The Lionesses had Everton Ladies striker Toni Duggan to thank in their previous outing on Monday after she netted an injury time equaliser after Russia – a goal which effectively kept England’s hopes alive.
The 21-year-old striker will now be pressing for a starting berth against France, while Everton Ladies skipper Jill Scott is again expected to feature after completing 90 minutes in both group matches so far.
Each of the three groups in the competition consists of four teams, with the top two in each progressing to the quarter-finals. The final two teams to qualify for the knockout stage will be the two best third-placed teams.
Denmark, Group A’s third-placed team, finished with two points and should England win they would move onto four points and ensure a certain place in the quarter-finals.
However, a win against France, who are yet to lose a match, will not be easy to come by.
France defeated Russia 3-1 and Spain 1-0 in their respective fixtures and despite their qualification for the next round already secured they are unlikely to ease up against Hope Powell’s side.
France, who finished fourth in last year’s 2012 London Olympic Games, have never lost to England, something that will have to change if the Lionesses are to reach the last eight of Euro 2013.
Kick-off on Thursday against France is at 7pm with the game being broadcast live on BBC Three.