Casey Stoney says she will be proud to captain England at the Euros
England v Spain
UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Finals
7.30pm BST, Friday 12 July
Linköping Arena, Sweden
England are fully prepared and feeling positive ahead of Friday’s Euro opener, says captain Casey Stoney.
The Three Lions begin their European Championship campaign against Spain in Linköping.
The two sides met in qualifying for both Euro 2009 and the last World Cup and England had the upper hand each time, winning both home games 1-0 and drawing the away encounters 2-2.
Stoney expects a difficult night but says her team-mates are ready to give it their all.
She said: “We know it’s going to be a difficult task.
“We have played them quite a lot recently and we have struggled to beat them at times. But we’ve done all the research we need to do. The management doesn’t leave any stone unturned.
“We’re excited. We’ve been waiting a long time for this so we’ll go out there and give it our best shot.
“Obviously both teams will want to start off with a win. We’re going into it with a positive mindset and we can only do our best.”
Stoney will lead her country out at a major tournament for the first time, having inherited the armband from Faye White in May last year.
The 31-year-old guided her side through an unbeaten qualifying campaign and admits she will be filled with pride when she walks out of the tunnel.
She added: “I’ll be very proud to lead the team out. It’s a massive honour to be able to captain your country in such a major tournament.
“I’ll be a little bit nervous but at the same time raring to go."