Tuesday, July 31

By Steph Houghton

Stephanie Houghton

I have never played at Wembley before and never played against Brazil so to do them both at the same time is going to be special. It's the stuff dreams are made of, we are all so excited and it is sure to be a career highlight for everybody.

We want to go into this game looking for a win to top the group. We know Brazil are going to be tough because they have some incredible individuals such as Marta - essentially game-changers. We just need to keep building and trying to perform as well as we can, looking at what we did wrong against Cameroon and progressing from there.

We have seen a lot of Marta. Being the best player in the world, you have a look at her and see what she is all about. She is obviously very skilful and can score goals for fun. She will be one we look out for but at the end of the day there are 11 on the pitch and we can't just focus on an individual.

There will obviously be some nerves - I think there has been every time we have played to be honest. Even against Sweden in the friendly it was like that. The last two games I have felt nervous and I think a few of the other girls have because you want to perform and put on a show for the crowd.

The support has been amazing in Cardiff and I am sure it will be just the same at Wembley. We want to play with smiles on our faces and I think we did that against Cameroon. Everybody was buzzing about trying to get the ball and that is hugely encouraging for us.

We had a lie-in this morning until around 10am, then had breakfast and the rest of the morning is about enjoying some time off before lunch. If anybody wants a massage or treatment they can do that too before the game.

Then there will be a pre-match meeting before we head to the stadium. The day will be a little bit longer because it is a later kick-off but I think the girls will just be relaxing to take their minds off the game a little bit before we head off.

We are already through to the quarter-finals - but this is still a huge game we cannot wait to play in.


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31 Jul 2012