Follow our blog from inside the England Women's U20s camp.
We met up in Maidenhead at 11am this morning, with everyone excited about the meet-up and the prospect of playing in a World Cup.
We were straight into the action after lunch, heading down to Bisham Abbey where we met the U23s for a training match. There was good competitive tempo from both sides, and after the game the team were feeling positive and on track.
There was just time afterwards for the U23s to wish us luck and for us to wish them good luck for their fixtures this week. Then it was back to the hotel for some snacks, recovery and the dreaded ice baths.
A team meeting was called for 7pm where we did some team bonding work which was positively interrupted by a special guest, Denise Lewis!
The gold medal heptathlete from the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and hugely inspirational role model for us all, spoke to us about her career, her ups and downs and how she became so successful. Some really helpful and inspirational messages coming from a top international female athlete did nothing but inspire us heading into a major international tournament.
All the girls warmed to her and she entertained us all with her humour. Her Strictly Come Dancing appearances were brought up by Kez (Kerys Harrop), which Denise was shy to perform but seemed very keen to show us her 'Shaka-Laka-Baby' routine from Comic Relief!
But what we were really able to take from her appearance was some key messages about performing at the highest level and being the best you can be.Interesting fact of the day
: Lauren Davey likes knitting, and don’t ever try and attempt a 'high-five' with Toni Duggan, as Denise Lewis experienced after being rejected by her, having high-fived the whole squad!