Group A rivals Germany and England will contest a European derby in Shanghai on Friday which could have a decisive impact on the chase for quarter-final places. A Germany win would confirm the holders' early qualification for the last eight, but England are expected to provide considerably tougher resistance than Argentina did in the Opening Match as they look to improve their prospects of a quarter-final place with at least a point.
Germany got their tournament under way with a record 11-0 win over Argentina, the world and European champions thrilling the crowds with their impressive firepower. England know what to expect, therefore, but should not be overawed by the defending champions. Their first game was a 2-2 thriller against Japan, and they will be looking to build on that solid start against Germany. England's No10 Kelly Smith was particularly impressive, scoring the two goals which grabbed them a share of the spoils.
Germany's Sonja Fuss has a cold, while experienced defender Sandra Minnert is definitely out due to a thigh injury. For England, Alex Scott and Rachel Brown picked up knocks against Japan but should be available for selection.
England and Germany have faced each other no fewer than 17 times, and the statistics do not look promising for Hope Powell and her players. Germany had won 16 in a row before the sides played out a goalless draw in Guagzhou on 31 January this year.
At the FIFA Women's World Cup, the two teams met for the first time at Sweden 1995, when Germany won a quarter-final clash 3-0. Both of the current coaches were involved in that match, with Silvia Neid playing the full 90 minutes for Germany while Hope Powell was on the England substitutes' bench.
They are a strong side but I think the game against Argentina was a non-event. They haven't been tested and we have to go into the match with the belief that we can get the point we need - Faye White,Englanddefender
In Kelly Smith, England have a player we'll have to keep an eye on, but we have 11 players that England will have to watch out for. If we hit top form then England won't have a chance against us - Ariane Hingst,Germanydefender