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This week we get back to the task of playing our World Cup qualifying group matches and I am quite excited with the matches we have coming up against Belgium and Sweden as they are both big games.
We start off on Sunday with our return match with Belgium and, although not as glamorous a game as Sweden will be, in terms of getting points it will be more important for us. I know a few of the Belgian players and play against them in Holland and know that they will not be easy opponents.
In the past three years we have played Belgium three times and narrowly lost all three, but could have come away with a win each time. We are more than confident that we can get three points on this occasion, it is an away game but there will be no excuses if we don't perform.
We'll be disappointed if we come away with nothing again on Sunday, but it should be a good game and we have nothing to fear.
From there we come back home to play Sweden in the north of the country for what is the biggest opposition we will face since playing Germany a couple of years ago. It's going to be a massive game, but I don't think that it will be like the Germany game where we had to defend for our lives.
Some of Sweden's results have been a bit sketchy in what is not that easy a group and it won't be as much a walkover as people think. They will be more physical and stronger than the others in the group but also with a lot of quality, but we don't need to worry too much about that. If we get our game right, then we won't need to run around like headless chickens and play our own game, but we will have to defend set pieces properly and make sure that everyone knows and does their job.
Since our last game, we have added Chelsea defender Kylie Davies to our squad and this is fantastic for us. Kylie has loads of experience and I know from playing against her that she is a good player, so her arrival is a big, big boost for our squad. She is looking forward to playing on the international stage and hopefully she will embrace and enjoy it, we will certainly try to get the best out of her.
The last game that we played was a friendly in Northern Ireland last month and, although it finished in a goalless draw, there was much for us to enthuse about. As per usual in friendlies, there were a lot of changes in the second half and it disrupted the momentum we had, but in the first half we had all the possession and play and should have scored a couple of goals.
The first hour was really good for us as we played good football and kept the ball well. There were a lot of positives for us to take out of the match.
Sophie Ingle played in midfield for us and she had a fantastic game - she has got a bright future ahead of her and the potential to build on this performance. She certainly is a really good prospect for the team. I can't fault the youngsters for the way they played, Jasmin Dutton also had a good game and Erin Vaughan came back into the side at right back and played very well. The younger players are starting to step up and take their place and that can only benefit us in the longer term.
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