Mo happy to be in control

Mo Marley said she is pleased that England’s World Cup destiny is in their own hands.

Her U20s side must defeat Nigeria in Edmonton in the early hours of Thursday morning to guarantee progress to the quarter finals of Canada 2014.

A high-scoring draw might also be enough, depending on the other result in Group C.

England v Nigeria

FIFA Women’s U20 World Cup
Group C
1am BST, Thursday 14 August 2014
Edmonton, Canada

England have never gone beyond the last eight in this tournament and have previously had to rely on other results in the final group game.

Marley said: “To be in this position, with our history in this World Cup, we are delighted.

“We know that if we win the game we will progress to the quarter finals. At this stage in 2010 it was out of our hands so we’re pleased that we’re still in control.

“Now it’s simply down to how we do, how we perform. If we perform as I know we can do then the result will take care of itself.”

England drew their opening two matches, against South Korea and Mexico. Nigeria currently top Group C with four points following their draw with the Mexicans and their 2-1 win over last year’s Asian champions.

Marley is expecting a tough encounter against Peter Dedevbo’s charges but believes the biggest challenge her side face is how they deal with the occasion.

She added: “Preparation has gone really well.

“We know it’s going to be a really difficult game because they’ve got some talented players.

“We are focused on improving little things from our first two games to ensure that our performances continue to progress game by game.

“We need to see if the players will embrace the opportunity, embrace the environment. This is what a World Cup is all about.”

England came from behind to draw with South Korea and had chances late on to claim all three points.

The Young Lions let a one-goal lead slip against Mexico in the second half but they could have been further ahead at the break.

And Marley said that all is missing from her team’s play is that clinical edge in front of goal.

She explained: “In all the games in this group either side could have won and that’s the difference at this level.

“Each team has been disciplined and hard to break down but ultimately the difference is the cutting edge, the extra detail in the final third, the quality, the execution.

“I think every team in this group can look back and think they could have had more points than they do right now.

“That’s what we’re trying to instil in the players during training – it’s about being ruthless and having that desire to keep on pushing forward even when we’re ahead.

“We’ve got 90 minutes to prove we can do that and I’m confident that this group of players can produce.”