Susi's learning curve
Wednesday, 17 March, 2010
England youngster hoping to benefit from team-mates' experience.
England v Austria
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 Qualifier
7pm, Thursday 25 March 2010
Loftus Road, Queens Park Rangers FC
Live on FATV
Tickets are priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions
Having only made her senior team debut against Iceland last July, Dunia Susi is still very much in the early stages of her England career.
The Chelsea youngster came off the bench to replace Corinne Yorston in Colchester and although she had to wait until last month to add to her England tally, Susi now has five caps in total, after appeared in all four of the Three Lions’ recent Cyprus Cup matches.
The 22-year-old is now preparing to face Austria at Loftus Road next Thursday in England’s third World Cup Qualifier, where she hopes to benefit from her time in Larnaca.
“I was really pleased to have got as much game-time as I did,” said Susi, of her Cyprus Cup experience. “It was brilliant being able to play against top international players and to play with some of the best players in the world was pretty amazing as well and I’m delighted that I got a chance to do it.
“It is brilliant being able to learn from the more experienced players both in training and in games and you just have to take on board what they say,” she continued. “They’ve all got so much experience and game understanding that it will only help me to keep listening to them to hopefully bring my own game on. I just have to take on board as much as I can.”
In just over a week, Hope Powell’s side will look to extend their 100 per cent record in Group Five to three wins from three and with a fixture against the group leaders, Spain, following a week later, this double-header could go a long way to determining the outcome of the group, but Susi is excited both by this challenge and of the potential to travel to next year’s World Cup.
“The Austria game is a World Cup Qualifier that we will be looking to win and it will be great to play in front of a home crowd. I’m sure they won’t make it easy for us, but we will be ready.
“There’s a long way to go and we need to make sure we qualify first but to play in a World Cup would be an unbelievable experience. Indescribable really. It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of and it’s something that I’d just love to do.”
England v Austria
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