Gemma Bonner says that it's make or break time as England prepare for their final group game.
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Gemma Bonner says that it's make or break time for England as they head into their final group game, tantalisingly close to reaching the quarter-finals but knowing that any slips could see them miss out despite winning their first two games.
England followed up their 3-0 win over Brazil with a win against Nigeria on Sunday, but despite having six points and topping Group D they can't afford any mistakes if they are to make it through to the last eight.
Bonner told TheFA.com: "Everyone knows that this game is make or break for us, but we're treating it exactly the same as we did for the first match.
"We're going out to win it and preparing the same as we have done before. We've been reviewing the performances of Korea from this tournament and we've identified the strengths and weaknesses.
"The girls have all been working hard in training to get a game-plan together to go out for the win."
While wins over Brazil and Nigeria have undoubtedly boosted the confidence of Lois Fidler's players, Bonner says that England had the belief going into the tournament that they could do well.
"Before the first game we were confident and we thought we could go places. We got together and we have deserved the results we have had so far.
"We went into the first game feeling we could achieve a win and after getting the three points and topping the group it has given us loads of confidence."
Bonner says that the nerves associated with a big crowd at a World Cup evaporate once the whistle sounds and the game begins.
Bonner explained: "The first game was amazing with such a crowd and so many of them behind England. It was quite a nervous occasion that first match but once you're out there the nerves settle down and your mind is just focused on the game and you don't really think about it too much."
The Leeds defender also has family support behind her: "My Dad and my brother are out here watching me and obviously all my family and friends are watching back home. A few of the girls' parents and families are out here, which is nice. They're all together in the stadium and we've got great support."
While there are fun and games to keep the players minds occupied away from matches and training, Bonner says everyone is focused on the football.
"We've got a games room and we can relax and have time by ourselves. That's important but we're still very focused on the football and what we're here to achieve."