England Women's boss Mark Sampson consults Roy Hodgson

Mark Sampson
Mark Sampson was manager at Bristol Academy before being appointed England boss

Mark Sampson has consulted fellow England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of the Women's World Cup in Canada.

Welshman Sampson, 32, was appointed 18 months ago and is hoping England can improve on a poor Euro 2013.

England's opening game against France is on 9 June in Moncton, Canada.

"It's great to speak to someone and be aware of areas where maybe they've made mistakes, and where they've been successful," said Sampson before England left for Canada.

"We're fortunate we've got people like Roy Hodgson, the senior manager, Gareth Southgate, the Under-21s manager, and we've even got Dave Reddin as our performance director.

"He's not only got experience of a men's football World Cup, but also a men's rugby World Cup and an Olympic Games - you couldn't really wish to speak to anyone more about experience of tournaments."

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Hodgson led England to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012, but they went out at the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Under former head coach Hope Powell, the women's side reached the last eight of the 2011 World Cup in Germany.

Sampson, who guided his squad through a 10-day training camp at England's national football centre, St George's Park, has targeted the last four.

Following a disappointing 2013 European Championship, where England were eliminated before the knockout stages, the English game has seen a host of top-level clubs turn professional, adding to the pressure for a successful tournament.

Sampson said: "We're aware of that pressure and that sense of responsibility is important to us."

Before starting their World Cup campaign, England will face Canada in Hamilton on Friday in their last friendly, a game live on the BBC.

They also face group games against Mexico on 13 June, also in Moncton, and Colombia in Montreal's Olympic Stadium on 17 June.

England striker Eniola Aluko gets ready to travel to Canada
England striker Eniola Aluko gets ready to travel to Canada for the Women's World Cup

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