England striker Eniola Aluko is confident the lionesses can beat France on Thursday to progress to the quarter-finals of Euro 2013.

The Chelsea Ladies forward insists that depsite poor performances in the first two group games against Spain and Russia, confidence is high and progression is possible. 

The Three Lions lost their first game to Spain, and required a late stoppage time equaliser to snatch a point against Russia in their second game on Monday.

Aluko scored in the defeat to Spain, and believes that getting a positive result against France is more than possible despite not beating the French since 1974.

Speaking to FATV, she said: "If you look at both games against Spain and Russia we create chances, that's not a problem with this team.

"It's about making it count and making the 'keeper work a bit more. The focus is on attacking and making sure we score. 

"There is a willingness to do something special against France and get three points. We've shown character, we've shown fight. Hopefully we'll have that fighting spirit against France on Thursday." She added. 

England face France tomorrow night at the Linkoping Arena where a win will send the ladies through to the quarter finals.

With Denmark and Finland drawing in their final Group A game last night, the Danes finished third on just two points.

A win for Hope Powell's team will see them finish on four points guaranteeing them one of the two best third place slots. 


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