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Positive experiences at youth level can be huge for England at Euro 2022

It’s a bit strange to be talking about the Euros from the outside, because at the start of last season I’d targeted it as a tournament I wanted to make. But in September, just before I was supposed to head off to camp as part of Sarina Wiegman’s first England squad, I got injured in a WSL match against Tottenham. 

As I sat there on the pitch knowing something wasn’t right in my leg, Lauren Hemp tried to reassure me I was going to be fine and it was nothing serious. Fast forward a few days and my surgeon told me I’d fractured my leg, would need surgery, and I’d be out for about a year.

It was difficult having the chance to make this summer’s squad snatched away from me, but it’s funny to look back to the start of my rehab, because in my head I was saying: ‘I’m going to be back in time for the Euros’, and I was telling everyone, completely choosing to ignore the timeframe that all the medical experts had given! It wasn’t until March the physios said to me that it was never realistic, but they didn’t want to dampen my enthusiasm! 

They did eventually let me down gently… 

Physically I feel completely back to normal, and I’m excited to be involved in the Euros in a different way and support the girls.


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