With just a couple of weeks for the Euros, Fran Kirby has spoken about the England Women squad selection and the mood in the camp during media day. It was a busy afternoon as the team faced the media for the first time since Sarina Wiegman announced her squad last week. England will look to make the use of home advantage as they enter the tournament as one of the favorites.
“I’m in a really good place. I’m doing all the training now, I’m happy and healthy and I was delighted to get on the pitch the other day, that was really special. In the beginning, there wasn’t much frustration because I knew it wasn’t really possible [to make the Euros] when I was going through that period in February time,” England Women forward Fran Kirby said. “But when I got back into the squad and into training, I didn’t really allow the frustration to get to me, I just thought ‘you’ve got two weeks to show that you can be ready. I had some really good, honest conversations with Sarina and I just knew that I had done everything in those training sessions leading into the squad announcement. It was a relief to get selected, a happy moment and now the hard work starts.”
“You can see it as quite a brutal way of finding out whether you’re in Euros squad [having a one-to-one meeting with Sarina Wiegman], but I think it made it a lot more personable – you get that answer and that communication as to why you’re in and why you’re not and as a player, you want to know these things,” she added. “Straight away I was smiling, saying thank you, and it’s been a difficult few months, but she’s kept in constant contact with me to see how I am, how I’m doing, and telling me that I’m still a big part of the squad. It gave me the confidence to come into camp feeling good.”