Jade Moore is confident England will erase their Euro 2013 nightmare against Spain
Jade Moore sat on the bench and watched in astonishment when England conceded a last-gasp winner to Spain four years ago, but the Reading midfielder is confident they will erase their Euro 2013 nightmare when the teams meet in Breda tonight.
England’s Euro 2017 campaign got off to a flying start in the Netherlands when they thrashed Scotland 6-0 on Wednesday, with Worksop-born Moore playing 90 minutes in the heart of midfield.
But they face their biggest test of an otherwise comfortable Group D, with Spain no doubt reflecting on that 3-2 win as they seek to deliver another sucker punch to the Lionesses.
However, things have changed drastically since that day in Sweden. Mark Sampson replaced Hope Powell in the wake of that group stage exit, led England to third place in the 2015 World Cup and has ensured they have not lost to Spain since.
La Roja will also have to contend with 26-year-old former Leeds Metropolitan University student Moore, who has developed into a key player in the engine room of England’s midfield after on the fringes of Powell’s side.
“Mainly, the belief in the camp is different – that is the biggest thing. Being in that squad four years ago, it had a very different feel to what we are in now,” she said.
“And the belief that we can go out and win it is a massive thing. We are not looking at Spain as a second group game, we are looking at it as the second out of six.
“Back then, it was potentially ‘what do we need to do to get out of the group’ whereas now it is a tickbox and the Spain game is another tickbox for us.
“We have three things from the last game that we need to touch up on, and if we can do that then that will be a massive factor – especially moving towards Portugal and the quarter-final stage.
“I think we are trying to learn game by game, take every game as a learning process and try and get a better performance from before and get better with each game, and then hopefully fulfil our potential.”
England suffered a late blow in the build-up to the game with veteran defender Casey Stoney ruled out through injury, despite being expected to play.
That is a boost to Spain, who also began their campaign with a victory as they saw off rivals Portugal 2-0 – and Moore is adamant England will need to at least their display against Scotland to leave with three points.
“They [Spain] like a technical game, they like to play and pass the ball a lot and that is something that we will potentially need to stifle to stop them getting into a rhythm, because if Spain do that then that is when England could be on the back foot.
“It is definitely a game that we have potentially highlighted as one of the toughest in the group and we are not going to be naïve to everything the Spanish side will bring.”
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