England captain Faye White is taking nothing for granted ahead of her side’s World Cup clash with Mexico tomorrow.
England have been installed as big 1/2 favourites for the game after coming through their World Cup qualifying campaign undefeated.
A win for White’s side would be huge step to qualifying for the second round, with minnows New Zealand and Japan waiting for them after Mexico.
Despite England’s far better position in world football – they are ranked 10th to Mexico’s 22nd – White is determined to make sure her side are prepared for a tough battle.
Speaking to BBC Sport, she said: “Every team that gets to a World Cup has to have a good pedigree.
“Not only have we progressed and developed, so have other nations and the gap between the top five or six teams and the rest is narrowing.
“Mexico had a great closed-game result against Sweden last week so I don’t think you can underestimate them.
“In the 2007 World Cup we had a game against Argentina which we won 6-1, but I would be surprised if we saw a score like that in this World Cup.”
However, England certainly know where the net is having scored 30 goals in their eight qualifying games. They also only conceded just two goals in a group that contained Spain and Austria.
Backing England to win at 1/2 looks to be well worth a punt.