Mark Sampson promised his Lionesses will roar when they take on the Netherlands in their Euro 2017 semi-final.
A record UK TV audience for a women’s game of five million is expected to tune in on Thursday night to see if skipper Steph Houghton can lead England into the final in front of a sellout 30,000 crowd.
But Sampson reckons his team will do the nation proud.
He said: “We’ve played a lot of big games, at the World Cup, in America, and here.
“We’ve talked about how we perform in them and how we have to use the pressure. We can be at our best in these big tense games under pressure. We can be at our best under the pressure these big games bring.
“It’s a massive game for us, but it’s a massive game for Holland too. We feel in a good position to handle that pressure.”
England lost the World Cup semi-final through Laura Bassett’s freak own goal in the last minute of extra-time in 2015 but have since beaten the world’s top three, United States, Germany and, in Sunday’s quarter-final, France , all for the first time in decades.
They are now favourites to end England’s 51-year wait for a tournament success, cranking up the pressure on a team already expecting to inspire the nation’s young girls.
England’s positive approach was underlined by Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs who said: “To play the home nation in front of 30,000 people – what a feeling! We are looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch and putting on a good performance.”