England manager Hope Powell says her team do not feel under pressure as they prepare to take on the globe's best at the World Cup finals in Germany this summer.
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In the tournament that begins on June 26, England have been drawn to face Japan, New Zealand and Mexico in Group B, and, having reached the quarter-finals in 2007, have set a minimum target of reaching the knockout phase.
Though a good performance in Germany could help boost participation rates back home and increase the popularity of the sport, Powell says the squad are not under extra pressure to succeed in their aims at the World Cup.
"We don't feel under any pressure," Powell told ESPNsoccernet. "I think what we do, we always prepare diligently, the girls work very hard to give themselves the best possible chance, and if we do that hopefully we will perform well and the results will come.
"If we don't do as well as we had hoped, i.e. get out of the group, it won't be because of lack of effort. We also have to consider we are playing some very, very strong teams in the World Cup and it won't be easy. We accept that. We just have to get on with it and do our best."
England's recent preparations have been mixed, with a friendly tournament in Cyprus in March yielding victories over Italy and South Korea but defeats at the hands of Scotland and Canada.
However, captain Faye White is confident that with the nucleus of the side boasting extensive experience in international football, England will be well placed to challenge for the World Cup.
"The team is coming together very well," White said. "We have got a lot of younger players coming through, but the core of our team has experienced a World Cup before and the Euros in 2009 when we got to the final, so I think that is really important for our awareness and experience of how to handle a tournament, to have belief that we can compete at a major tournament and do well."
Hope Powell and Faye White were speaking at an event organised by the German National Tourist Office to promote the World Cup finals taking place in the country. For more details visit the Facebook page.