Jordan Nobbs admits England will have an advantage over Scotland with Kim Little not playing
But the absence of Scotland’s Kim Little from this week’s Battle of Britain at the European Championships has inspired nothing but sympathy and sadness in Jordan Nobbs, England’s vice-captain and her Arsenal team-mate.
“I’m absolutely gutted for Kim, who is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world and deserves to be on the big stage,” said Nobbs ahead of Wednesday’s showdown here.
“Her movement and passing ability are incredible, and I’ve got a lot to thank her for. When I first got into the Arsenal team she looked out for me and she helped make me the player I am today.
Kim Little ruptured her anterior cruciate knee ligament prior to the tournament
“It’s going to be better for us that she’s not on the pitch against us, of course it is, but I’d never wish that fate on Kim. She’ll come back stronger, I’m sure of that, but it’s a real shame that she won’t be showing her skills at the tournament.”
Spain and Portugal are the Group D teams that stand in the way of England and Scotland reaching the last eight of a competition that has over the years been dominated by Germany, who have won each of the last six editions.
Nobbs said: “Germany will be the favourites, as usual, and France will be just as tough to beat. If the tournament goes to expectations those two should meet in the semi-final, but there are bound to be surprises and upsets on the way.
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“Belgium, who we played in our qualifying group, are a strong side who’ll be one of the dark horses and Holland should do well with home advantage. Spain are another team to watch out for, and they’ll be a real danger in our group.
“We believe absolutely that we can go all the way, but right now the focus is on beating Scotland.
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"The first game of any tournament is always crucial, but playing the Scots will give this one an extra edge – it’s going to be real special night.”