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They only had one game, a 3-0 win over New Zealand in Kawasaki last week, but Riise downplayed her lack of time.

“We talked about the fact that this was a challenge. In a couple of months we met as a team to fight for a gold medal,” said the England interim coach.

“It’s a big job for us but I think we will take up this fight and do whatever we can, we will focus on what we can do, how we prepare, how well we are prepared.

“Obviously we don’t have the 10 games ahead of us, but we have to focus on what we can actually do and I feel like we’re in the same positive mindset.”

They face Chile in Sapporo, northern Japan, before playing the hosts on Saturday and then traveling to Kashima on July 27 to face Canada.

“We’re excited to start in Sapporo, that was a good situation for us,” added Riise.

“We prepared for Chile just as we did for Japan and Canada. They are hard to beat, they drew against Germany and it’s not an easy game.”

“We want to have a good start and then we’ll see it’s hard to plan anything other than this game. We want to win.”

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