Tuesday, July 24

By Steph Houghton

Stephanie Houghton

We're just one day away from opening the London 2012 Olympic Games and I think there are a whole mixture of emotions right now.

Obviously it is exciting being the first event of the whole Olympics and playing at the Millennium Stadium is something you may never get the chance to do again. But at the same time we are obviously a bit nervous and anxious because we want to put on a performance. Hopefully we can go and get the three points.

After the excitement of the last two weeks, our focus is now completely on this opening game against New Zealand.

Yesterday we were supposed to have a double training session, although the afternoon was cancelled as we had a pretty heavy morning. So instead we had a walk around the Millennium Stadium to see what was what ahead of the game.

With England we have already played New Zealand in the World Cup and we know they are going to be organised and will want to try and impress. They may be quite direct too.

They are very energetic and like to get in your face to try and stop you from having time on the ball. We just have to make sure that we move the ball quickly and I am sure we will be OK if we can do that.

Cameroon and Brazil will come later on but they are all difficult opponents because they all play different systems. It will be a test for us to keep changing and dealing with different problems. We know each one is going to be a different challenge and for that reason we just need to take each game at a time.

It's onwards and upwards now - and New Zealand are first in our sights.

  • Great Britain Ladies kick off the London 2012 Olympic Games against New Zealand at 4pm on Wednesday.
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24 Jul 2012