When England take to the pitch in opposition to France on Friday, it will likely be an opportunity for the workforce to show their credentials in opposition to high opposition forward of a serious match.
And for one participant particularly, it will likely be a possibility to stake a declare for a place that has been all however untouchable for various years.
Lotte Wubben-Moy describes herself as a “ball-playing centre-back”. She likes the ball at her toes and isn’t afraid to play out from the again, a taking part in tactic that earlier head coach Phil Neville turned synonymous with.
In recent times, captain Steph Houghton and Millie Shiny have been England’s first-choice centre-back pairing.
However with Houghton unavailable due to damage and head coach Hege Riise calling up three recognised centre-backs for this camp, it is all to combat for.
“A chance is there for the taking for us younger gamers,” 22-year-old Wubben-Moy informed Sky Sports activities Information.
“Credit score to Steph (Houghton) she’s an incredible participant. I look as much as her. These are the sorts of gamers you wish to be taking part in with and benchmarking your self in opposition to. You by no means want damage on anybody… [but] I relish these alternatives.”
Wubben-Moy talks with a confidence that belies her youth, with Riise describing her as “mature”.
The Arsenal defender’s resolution to uproot her life at simply 18 years previous and transfer to america to develop as a participant was a pivotal a part of her footballing journey.
“I really feel fortunate to have been coached underneath Anson Dorrance [North Carolina Tar Heels head coach],” Wubben-Moy explains.
“He is a legend within the sport. I used to be uncovered to the very best stage of collegiate soccer. Some individuals might imagine it is a step down from the WSL, and definitely, it is not skilled soccer, however you do appear to realize a lot extra expertise off the pitch.
“If I come throughout as mature then completely happy days. I simply attempt to prepared the ground in the one method I do know and I believe that is reflective of the leaps I’ve taken by the [England] youth age teams and the way in which England has nurtured me as a participant.
“Hopefully I can proceed to make use of what I’ve learnt as a teen right here on the massive stage and proceed to progress.”
Wubben-Moy isn’t any stranger to the massive stage. She was captain of the England U17 aspect that completed third on the European Championships and reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 2016.
This expertise will stand her in good stead when she hopes to earn her second senior cap in opposition to France on Friday.
Wubben-Moy revealed that the coaches have informed her what they anticipate from her forward of Olympic choice.
“Credit score to the coaches they have been extraordinarily clear about that,” she says. “Health ranges have gotten to be heightened, psychological resilience, and I suppose a very powerful factor is the minutes we’re taking part in and ensuring they’re high quality minutes.
“Hege is an especially progressive and intensely forward-thinking coach which I really like. I really feel fortunate to be taking part in underneath her.”