Jodie Taylor is hoping that France will underestimate England in their Women’s Euro quarter-final clash on Sunday.


Old rivalry

The Lionesses have failed to beat France since 1974 but this time Taylor reckons Les Bleues could have met their match.

“It’s a great time to play France,” the striker said.

“If they underestimate us, great.

“France are fantastic technicians, but we’re technically great as well.

“We’re also physically great and mentally strong. And we have total belief.”

England have been running rampant during this year’s Euros. The Lionesses won Group D with an 100% win record after beating Scotland (6-0), Spain (2-0), and Portugal (2-1).

Taylor is the tournament’s top scorer with four in just two appearances.

France, on the other hand, have drawn against Austria (1-1), beaten Iceland (1-0), and drawn against Switzerland (1-1).

Jodie Taylor
England’s forward Jodie Taylor (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Womens Euro 2017 football tournament match between England and Spain at Rat Verlegh Stadion in Breda city on July 23, 2017. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

At the last Women’s Euros in 2013, the Lionesses were sent packing after failing to qualify past the group stage.

In 2009, they finished in second, which was the highest they’d come since 1984. Right now, England are in the best position they’ve been in for a long time and are boasting some of the best talent in women’s football at the moment.

Whether France underestimate them or not, England should be able to grab something from the tie.

From an Arsenal perspective, hopefully our women do us proud, as they already have been, and bang in some goals.

England v France kicks off on Sunday 30 July at 19:45pm (UK time). You can watch the action live on Eurosport.

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