ENGLAND Women captain Steph Houghton said yesterday that she’s sure they will avoid the mistakes that brought the Hope Powell era to a chaotic end when they return to the European Championship stage this summer.
There’s a month to go before England’s Euro 2017 opener against Scotland in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Defender Houghton has her eyes on the trophy, four years after she went to Sweden for Euro 2013 as a rank-and-file member of a squad that flopped. Yet memories of that botched mission remain vivid.
“On and off the pitch, we didn’t perform well and we didn’t get that balance between switch-off and switch-on,” Houghton said.
“It doesn’t get much bigger than the European Championship and hopefully we can go on and enjoy it.
“We haven’t really set a target and I know it’s a bit of a cliche but it’s always about taking each game at a time, making sure the squad’s as fit as it can be, and being able to perform in each of those games.
“But you know what? We do want to go on and win the tournament, and we need to be able to really enjoy that pressure and put on performances over the five or six games in the 21 days that we have over there.”