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Rogers ready for Champions Trophy

Chloe Rogers
Rogers was part the Great Britain team who finished sixth at the Beijing Olympics

England midfielder Chloe Rogers is relishing the chance to take on Olympic champions Holland in their opening match of the Champions Trophy.

Rogers is part of the squad who will face Holland in Sydney on Saturday.

England are ranked sixth of the six teams involved in the competition but the 24-year-old is in optimistic mood.

"It'll be good because when you play better opposition you raise your game, so hopefully we can step up to the mark," Rogers told BBC Essex.

"With such a tough opener, hopefully then we can get better with each game after and actually progress and get some results," added the Great Dunmow player.

In only their third appearance in the competition, England will also face Germany, Argentina, Australia and China over the next few weeks as a result of Great Britain's performance at last year's Olympics.

But Rogers, who like many of her team-mates will be making her tournament debut, believes they have a good chance of giving a good account of themselves.

"A lot of the teams have got new talents in and young players after having a bit of a reshuffle after Beijing, as is the case with us," she explained.

"So we just don't know what to expect and hopefully we can give some teams a run for their money."



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