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My goals will power England to glory: Parris


Prolific: England’s Nikita Parris is full of confidence
Prolific: England’s Nikita Parris is full of confidence

By Phil Medlicott

England forward Nikita Parris is keen to start her first Women's World Cup with a bang.

The Lionesses' quest for glory at the tournament in France begins tomorrow when they face Group D rivals Scotland.

There is set to be considerable focus over the coming days and weeks on Parris, England's top-scorer across their qualifying matches with six goals.

The 25-year-old, who is joining French powerhouses Lyon this summer, netted 19 Women's Super League goals for Manchester City last season.

Parris said: "It's important we get those Ws on the board and I think it's important that as an individual I put on 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."

Scotland - Women's World Cup debutants - were thrashed 6-0 by England when the sides last met, in their opening match at 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."

England, who also face Argentina and Japan in Group D, arrived in France on Tuesday.

Parris added: "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 and we've just tried to keep our emotions in check."

Midfielder Jo Love - the most capped player in Scotland's squad with 191 appearances - said: "We know the capabilities of this squad. It will depend how we play on the day, but we're looking to go and get a positive result from the game.

"Whether it's a shock will be up to everyone else to decide, but we've certainly got the talent to cause England problems.

"Every point is going to help us on the way to get out of the group, so if we get anything from the game, then all good and well."

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