Women’s World Cup: England v Mexico, Group F

  • Venue: Moncton Stadium, Moncton
  • Date: Saturday, 13 June
  • Kick-off: 21:00 BST

Coverage: Watch live on BBC Three and the BBC Sport website, listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and follow text coverage on the BBC Sport website

England boss Mark Sampson says winning is more important than entertaining as his side prepare for their second game at the Women’s World Cup.

On Saturday England, who are bottom of Group F after

losing to France,

face Mexico who are ranked 25th in the world, 19 places below Sampson’s side.

“If the players win the World Cup, that would be the biggest boost the women’s game could ever get,” Sampson said.

“If we can do that playing in an entertaining way, fantastic.”

Sampson’s England set out to contain France in their opener and slipped to a 1-0 defeat, but the 32-year-old has hinted that his team will be more expansive in their remaining group matches.

“We can’t afford to lose this game,” he said. “I’m not sure it’s a must-win game, but it’s definitely a must-not-lose game.

“We’re really confident that if we bring our maximum, foot-to-the-floor football, fifth-gear football, this England team and this England performance will be good enough to get us on the board and put us in a good place in the group.”

Welshman Sampson said all 23 of his squad are fit and available to play against Mexico, and despite having a clear plan on how to tackle the team that drew their opener with Colombia 1-1, he says he has been influenced by the display against France.

In his first major tournament in charge of England, Sampson added: “We always have to take the previous game into consideration, that’s only fair on the players.

“The real England for us is our ability to show different sides, to make sure we’re not a one-trick pony.

“Certainly on Saturday we will see a different England at certain points during the game.”


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