By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 07/06/18 11:30am
Nikita Parris says the England squad are “buzzing” ahead of their Women’s World Cup Qualifying game with Russia on Friday.
The Manchester City forward scored the opening goal in a 6-0 drubbing of Russia in their opening qualifying match at Tranmere’s Prenton Park in September 2017.
Parris is not sure they can replicate that scoreline in Moscow but is in confident mood as Phil Neville’s side look to move a step closer to qualification for the 2019 World Cup in France.
“We were here [St George’s Park] for a two-day camp last week and we are buzzing to get ready for this Russia game,” Parris told Sky Sports News.
“You have got to remember Russia went down to 10 players early in the game [in September], so that will have no bearing on the game we play on Friday.
“If we play well and do everything that Phil has put in place, we’ll get the result.”
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Russia has previously experienced problems with racism, both on and off the pitch, with England men’s defender Danny Rose revealing on Wednesday he has told his family not to travel to Russia to watch this summer’s World Cup for fears they may face racist abuse.
Gareth Southgate has also spoken about how his players should react if they are the subject of racist abuse and Parris says the women’s side must place their trust in the hands of the officials and footballing authorities to deal with such matters.
“When you are playing the game, that is your focus,” she added. “Whatever happens in the game, you have the official there to put in a word and I am sure the FA and FIFA will do right by the players to make sure it doesn’t happen in future.
“You can’t react in a way that will put you in a position where you can get sent off. Something could happen and you must understand you could get hurt in that moment but you’ve got to control your feelings.”