England players' last chance to impress for Euros, says Houghton


England beat Switzerland 4-0 in their most recent Euro 2017 warm-up match
International friendly
Venue: Gladsaxe Stadium, Copenhagen Date: 1 July Kick-off: 18:00 BST

England captain Steph Houghton says Saturday’s friendly with Denmark will be the players’ final chance to impress before the Women’s Euros this summer.

Mark Sampson’s side play Scotland in their opening Group D match in the Netherlands on 19 July.

The Lionesses are looking to build on their promising showing at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, where they finished third.

“We all want to be on that teamsheet for the Scotland game,” Houghton said.

“We all want to play well, as individuals and as a team.

“We need to support each other and make sure we’re all in the right place to do well for England.”

Denmark, who are ranked 15th in the world, have also qualified for this summer’s Euros.

England will be looking to go one better than they did at the Euros in Finland eight years ago.

They reached the final of that tournament but lost to Germany.

Sampson, whose side beat Switzerland 4-0 in a friendly on 10 June, told BBC Sport: “Our focus is on the Scotland game. But this is an important stage of our preparation.

“We want to make sure the players get the right number of minutes and metres. We need to leave the match knowing all 22 players are in a good place.”

After playing Scotland, England face Spain on 23 July before finishing their group campaign against Portugal on 27 July.

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