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Women’s football: Team GB full of confidence ahead of Japan game

Next game: Japan versus Great Britain date: 24th July Start: 11:30 am CEST Conference location: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
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The British women’s football squad has “a lot of self-confidence” after starting the Tokyo games with a win, said striker Lauren Hemp.

Two goals from Ellen White helped GB beat Chile in the Olympics opener and they will meet hosts Japan on Saturday.

GB are at the top of Group E and will move into the knockout round with the victory over Japan.

“It’s amazing how far we can go,” said the 20-year-old Hanf, who presented a template against Chile.

“The team environment and the team culture are second to none. Everyone here is so talented and can bring so much to the team.

“Of course we will continue to improve, move forward and hopefully reach the final and win gold in the end.

“But there are little magical moments that will help us and there was a lot of good play in the game [on Wednesday]. We want to build on that and make it even better. “

“I was pretty nervous”

Hemp provided a template in the 2-0 win against Chile

Hemp was one of the standout players in GB’s victory over Japan on opening day and their knockdown got White to the first goal.

The Manchester City forward made her game debut and admitted she was nervous before the game.

“I was pretty nervous when I went into the game to be honest, but I think once I get on the pitch, I’ll be where I like to be and that’s where I feel most comfortable,” said you.

“As soon as I started kicking a ball around my body, all the nerves just left my body and I was like, ‘I can do this best, so go and show the world.”

Arsenal striker Nikita Parris, who came on in the victory over Chile, said there were “things we need to work on” but it was a good start to the tournament.

You face a tougher test against the 2011 world champion, Japan, who is currently ranked 10th in the world.

“Obviously [Japan] are tough opponents and very technical, “she added.

“I expect them to come out much stronger than in previous games against us because they are at a home game and they want to advance.

“I think they played really well in spells [against Canada] So of course we have to improve our performance against Chile and concentrate on breaking the parts of the game that Japan will try to do. “

Telephone bans, ‘gogglebox’ messages and their secret weapon

Team GB midfielder Jill Scott (center right)Jill Scott (center right) came on as a substitute in the victory over Chile

To prepare for their victory on Opening Day, Team GB players were sent video messages from family members and friends.

Hemp joked that her parents’ video was “embarrassing” but admitted it was nice to get messages from home.

“I thought Laurens [Hemp] was an episode of Googlebox to be honest, “Parris joked.” Mine was cool. I had messages from my family and also from my old school which sent a lot of messages from the kids.

“They had banners and it was really, really nice and effective. Ultimately, I was in their position many years ago, so hopefully I can inspire them to be in mine.”

Parris said UK midfielder Jill Scott has promoted a “no-phone policy” to improve team loyalty while hoping a first major tournament under top coach Dawn Scott will give them the edge.

“In my opinion [Dawn Scott’s] influential. There is no one better than them. Their attention to detail is second to none, “said Parris.

“She’s amazing. I can’t talk about her anymore. I’m sure if we win consecutive trophies we’ll go into it more.” [on what she does]. “

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