England international Fran Kirby revealed that she was proud of her journey before earning her 50th cap in a World Cup qualifier against Latvia. She will look to help England continue their perfect record in qualifying for the 2023 World Cup down under. She has battled injuries throughout her career and would be way past the landmark had it not been for her diagnosis with pericarditis last year. Kirby had quit football following the passing of her mother who had predicted she would play at a World Cup one day. She was part of the World Cup squad that finished third in the 2015 World Cup.

“It’s been a rollercoaster for sure,” England international Fran Kirby said. “But it’s a journey that I’m really proud of and one that I think, looking back, I probably wouldn’t change a lot. Obviously, I’ve been through a lot but it’s made me who I am, and I’ve been able to come here and hopefully get my 50th cap.”

“I’m really happy about how it’s going and hopefully I can keep building,” she added. “I’m just so grateful to be here and be part of this team after the journey I’ve had. It does take you back to those memories of getting your first cap. It’s something I’m really happy about and has been a long time coming – something I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while.”

“I think internally we know that we have to play well to win,” Kirby said about their approach to the Latvia game. “I don’t think it’s a case of knowing, because we’re favorites, we’re going to turn up and be able to just score loads of goals.”

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