Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
England and Manchester City star, Lauren Hemp is looking ahead of Friday’s UEFA Women’s Nations League (UWNL) group match against the Netherlands.
The European champions are in a dicey position in League A Group 1 as the team occupy the third position after four games.
With six points, a point below Belgium, and three points short of the next opponent and group leagues the Netherlands, the World Cup vice-champions have a lot to do.
Hemp will also hope to play her 50th match for the Lionesses at the age of 23 on Friday in Wembley.
“It will be a great feeling to do that at Wembley and an incredible feat to be able to do that,” Hemp stated during the pre-match press conference at Saint George’s Park on Thursday.
“It’s something special to me. Playing 50 games for the team is incredible. If you had told me that I would play 50 games at the age of 23, I wouldn’t have believed that. It will be an amazing moment for me to be able to do that. We just have to wait and see.
“To make it 50 is the first then every other cap will be a bonus. I will take every game as it comes.
“Most of my big games have been at Wembley especially the Euros final. The game against Brazil. The important thing is to do the job tomorrow. There are a lot of expectations. Hopefully, we will be able to perform to expectation tomorrow.” She concluded.
A win on Friday will boost the team’s resolve to progress to the next stage.
England’s finish at the UEFA Women’s Nations League will also determine whether Great Britain’s women’s team will make it to next year’s Olympics.
Hemp also dream of attending another Olympics with the team.
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She said: “It will be massive. Obviously, I have been to the Olympics before. I want to be at major tournaments. We have got a lot of major tournaments coming up.
“Our sight is set now on the Olympics. We want to get there first. We have got a couple of important games coming up.
“We know what is expected and is at stake for us.”
England will have to progress from the group to have a chance of making it to the women’s football event of the Olympics in 2024.
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