England wary of carefree Argentina
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No matter the age category or the tournament, whenever England and Argentina meet something special invariably happens. Monday's meeting between the two in Group A of the FIFA Women's World Cup could well prove no exception, even if the two are heading into the showdown with very different objectives and expectations.

The game
England-Argentina, Chengdu, Monday 17 September, 20:00 (local time)

The stakes
Nothing less than a win will do for England if they are to reach their objective of progressing to the knockout stages. They will be assured qualification if they take all three points and the Germany-Japan game also produces a winner. If that other game is drawn, then a victory margin of two goals or more will ensure England go through automatically. Should England win by only one goal, however, then they would be level on points with Japan with the same goal difference. The number of goals scored would then come into play, and should the teams still be level here, their Fair Play records would decide. As for Argentina, their flickering hopes vanished altogether with Friday's defeat by Japan and the South Americans' sole objective is to break their FIFA Women's World Cup duck by gaining their very first point in the tournament.

The players
England's Katie Chapman is suspended for Monday's encounter after collecting two yellow cards in the first two games. Argentina have no injury or suspension worries.

The past
If Argentina concede four goals against England, they will have conceded more goals than any other team in the group stage of any FIFA Women's World Cup tournament. The Albiceleste team of 2003 currently share the unwanted record of 15 goals in three games with their Mexican counterparts of 1999.

The words
We have to beat Argentina and that's going to be a hard task. They've lost their games and they are going to want to come out and prove a point. Argentina were a bit naïve against Germany - they gave them too much space and let them play too much - but obviously they've learned from that and they shut up shop and lost only narrowly to Japan. I've not seen them attack but to take Japan to the final minute showed it will not be an easy game when we play them - Kelly Smith, England midfielder

The girls are gradually getting used to handling the pressure and they've improved tremendously because of that. You could see that in the game with Japan and now we've got the chance to do it again against England. I think we can play even better in our final game, and give a more accurate reflection of what we are really capable of - Carlos Borrello, Argentina coach