England ready for USA's 'big stars' in World Cup warm-up

Siobhan Chamberlain
Siobhan Chamberlain has 31 caps for England
England women v USA women
Venue: Stadium MK Date: Friday, 13 February Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

Goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain says England will not be overawed by the USA's superstars when the teams meet in Friday's World Cup warm-up game.

Mark Sampson's side face the two-time World Cup winners at Stadium MK, with kick-off at 20:00 GMT.

"Women's soccer is huge there and they are massive stars - bigger stars than the men's players," said Chamberlain.

"Their high profile makes it a bigger occasion. But we need to take it as another game and not worry about them."

The United States are ranked second in the world, behind Germany, and will bring a squad to Milton Keynes that features 2012 Fifa World Player of the Year Abby Wambach and Olympic gold medallist Alex Morgan.

Jill Ellis's team have never finished worse than third in a World Cup and have four gold medals and one silver from the last five Olympic Games.

"USA are the biggest team in the world," Arsenal's Chamberlain told BBC Sport.

"If you look for it there will be more hype for this game, which is great because you will get more people interested in it.

"But when you're in the tunnel and it's 11 players stood next to 11 players, it's just about how you go out there and get the job done, regardless of the name on the back of the shirt.

"It's a huge game for Milton Keynes, a huge game for England and a huge game for women's football."

The match in Milton Keynes will be England's last on home soil before the World Cup in Canada, which they start with a group game against France on 9 June.

Christen Press and Amel Majri
USA's Christen Press (left) battles with France's Amel Majri as the French win a friendly 2-0 last Sunday

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