England boss Hope Powell issues rallying cry ahead of crucial group game against Russia
England v Russia
UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Finals
5pm BST, Monday 15 July
Linköping Arena, Sweden
Live on BBC Two
Hope Powell believes her side will give “110 per cent” as they attempt to get a result against Russia to keep alive their hopes of making it to the quarter finals of Euro 2013.
England were left disappointed with the opening day defeat to Spain after conceding the final goal deep into added time.
It leaves them needing a win on Monday to give themselves a realistic chance of progressing.
Powell says her players know what is at stake and has backed them to push themselves to the limit.
She explained: “I have no doubt everybody will give 110 per cent and if we do that we’ve got half a chance of winning. If we don’t perform we are going to be in trouble.
“If the players go out and play the way they can play and give it their all I’ll be happy.”
The top two teams in each of the three Euro groups will make it through to the last eight along with the two best third-place nations.
As Russia also lost their Group C opener, to France, both sides will be looking for three crucial points.
England were in this situation four years ago in Finland when they lost their first game to Italy and had to beat Russia to stay in with a shout. They won 3-2 and made it all the way to the Final.
And Powell’s knowledge of the Russians means she is not expecting it to be a walkover in Linköping.
She added: “There are four or five [Russian] players that were [in the squad] in 2009. They were difficult then and I expect them to be difficult again.
“Obviously we both lost the opening game and both teams will want to correct that and come away with maximum points. So we’re expecting the game to be tough. We’ve just got to be on our game.
“I know we can score goals, we all know that. The problem is we have conceded too many along the way. It’s something I have said to the defenders [and] the senior players; we need to tighten up. The good thing is when our backs are against the wall we know we can score and to have that in your armoury it helps.
She continued: “I think it’s a case of reminding players that [they] are good players: ‘look at your previous record, [eleven] games unbeaten, beaten some of the leading nations in the world’ and just reinforcing those positive messages and hopefully they can contain themselves enough to play.
“The situation we’re in I think we have to win the game if we want to stay in this competition.”
Watch the best bits from Sunday’s press conference with Hope Powell and defender Alex Scott below...