England ready to take on 'aggressive' Canada
By Steve Keating
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - England coach Mark Sampson expects his players to bring their best to their Women's World Cup quarter-final against Canada and challenged officials to do the same on Friday.
With a raucous capacity crowd of close to 55,000 expected to fill BC Place for Saturday's clash, Sampson put down an early marker urging the game officials not to swayed or intimidated. He also said that Canada had already benefited from some home cooking so far in the tournament.
"The facts are that in the group stage Canada have been awarded more fouls than their opponents in every game," Sampson told reporters.
"It is going to be difficult for the officials, a very intimidating environment."
Canada has been called for 47 fouls and five yellow cards in its four matches compared to the 55 fouls and four yellows awarded to the opposition.
But Sampson told the Guardian newspaper that according to an official the England team have on staff, Canada could have had four times as many fouls.
Canadian coach John Herdman was not making any apologies for his squad's rough-and-tumble style which at times has been compared to the grinding, hard-hitting approach Canada employs on the ice hockey rinks.
"We will be going out there as physical as we can and just doing what Canadians do, seeing that Canadian grit," said Herdman. "We will be the typical Canadian team you've seen over the last few years. We know that Canada is known for its grit and its aggressive DNA." Continued...