England Women's forward Eniola Aluko is aiming for another positive result against Canada
England v Canada
A Women’s International
3pm, Sunday 7 April 2013
New York Stadium, Rotherham United FC
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Eniola Aluko believes a good result against Canada on Sunday will give England further encouragement ahead of this summer’s European Championship Finals.
Hope Powell’s charges defeated the Olympic bronze medallists in last month’s Cyprus Cup Final
courtesy of Rachel Yankey’s 70th-minute winner.
The two sides will meet for the second time in less than four weeks at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium and Aluko reckons it could provide the perfect platform for the Euros in July.
She said: “It’s good to test yourself against the best players because it improves you as an individual and as a team and positive results against big teams build confidence.
“We have already achieved one good result against Canada, who are one of the strongest teams in the world, and if we can perform well against them again that should really give us a lift going into the summer.
“This is a game that I’m really looking forward to.”
The 26-year-old played her part in the Three Lions’ Cyprus Cup success, playing in all four games and scoring in the 3-1 group stage win over New Zealand
England didn’t lose a game in the competition and scored 12 goals en route to glory, two factors which Aluko has urged her team-mates to draw upon in the build-up to Sweden 2013.
She reflected: “I think we did really well in Cyprus. We scored quite a few goals and never lost a game so we can be happy with that.
“In the past we have been very focused on defence and defensive shape but now I think we have got a lot more attacking players and a lot of attacking options. We have had a real fluidity of late and some of our passing has been excellent.
Aluko added: “The last time we won the Cyprus Cup [in 2009] we got to the European Championship Final. I know we can’t take it for granted that the same will happen again but we have got to look at it as a positive.
“But the Euros are going to be a different level. It will be a better, more intense level of football and bigger crowds so we have to keep our feet on the ground and perform to our best both with our clubs and with England in the build-up to Sweden."
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