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Nobbs keen to learn from past

17 July 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 17/07/17 11:53am

Jordan Nobbs is excited by the Euro 2017 opener against Scotland Women

Jordan Nobbs is excited by the Euro 2017 opener against Scotland Women

Jordan Nobbs believes England Women will learn from their humbling experience at the last European Championships as they aim for glory in the Netherlands.

The Lionesses secured just a solitary point from their three matches in 2013, with manager Hope Powell losing her job as a result.

Current boss Mark Sampson has rejuvenated the team’s fortunes, however, and after their third-place finish at the World Cup, confidence is high ahead of their opening game against Scotland at Utrecht’s Galgenwaard Stadium on Wednesday.

“Even though it was a bad time for us at the time, it was probably a big turning point when you look at where we are now, and what we’ve all experienced we don’t want to experience that again,” said Arsenal Ladies midfielder Nobbs.

“We’ve learnt a lot from that tournament. I was a young player and I hadn’t been in the squad very long, but everyone was obviously gutted not to have done better.

“Maybe it was just one of those tournaments but we’re far away from that tournament now, in terms of talents, strengths and beliefs as a squad.”

Nobbs is ready for the Scotland clash and feels both sets of fans will also be enthused by the rivals’ clash.

England’s women have been training in the Netherlands for the first time ahead of their European Championship campaign.

“With it being so local, for Scotland and England fans to come over and watch, I think it will be a great game,” Nobbs added.

“We’re excited. I think both teams know what a big game that is, and with us knowing some of their girls and them knowing us. But every single game we’re going to treat like a Scotland game.

“We’re going out there to win every single one and the Scotland game is the first target. We want to play on these big international stages and perform, and play under pressure.

“That’s how you become some of the best players in the world, with the pressure. I think it’s exciting that we have that opportunity in the women’s game to show what we can achieve.”

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