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Jill Scott and Kyle Walker caught up with Rachel Daly in Lionesses: Down Under connected by EE before the squad travels to Adelaide for the final group stage match against China.


On preparations for the final group stage match against China:

“We feel good. Obviously, it’s good to get two wins under our belt going into this game. We know China are a good side – they’re 14th in the world – so it will be tough opposition but one we’re all ready for.”

On tournament football:

“I prefer going from game to game. Some people may want to recover a bit more, but this is tournament football and it’s what it’s all about, just getting straight back into it.”

On the advice she gives to the squad as an experienced player:

“I don’t think anyone would want my words of wisdom! There are quite a lot of youngsters in the group and even the ones that aren’t so young, for some it’s their first World Cup. I like to pass along some of the knowledge I’ve had along the way from legends like Jill [Scott]. I just help them out where I can.”

On her versatility:

“I think over the last few years, the managers have used my versatility in a positive way. Before that, being versatile can mean you’re sometimes the one not to make the squad as you don’t really have a position. But it’s nice to have under my belt, I enjoy playing anywhere. As long as I’m on the pitch I don’t care.”

On her grassroots journey and her former club Killinghall Nomads:

“I played for them, my brother played for them, my dad played for them. The club is in my family and in my roots. It’s a club that will always be there in my heart.

“Being a footballer is all I ever wanted to do. It’s all I ever did and cared about. I think all my teachers at school would say the same. It was always my dream; I just didn’t know if I could make it a career and live the dream.”

On her friendship with Millie Bright:

“I knew she’d be my best friend the day I met her. We were friends at first sight. When she first came into the squad it was only a few camps after me and we just hit it off straight away, probably that loud Yorkshire connection. We kind of knew each other playing against each other, she was at Donny [Belles], I was at Leeds and Lincoln. Then we met and we never looked back really!”

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