Lauren Davey competes for the No.1 spot in Marley's U20s side.
FIFA U20 Women's World Cup
13 July - 1 August 2010
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England goalkeeper Lauren Davey has already sampled the unique atmosphere of a FIFA World Cup but the 20-year-old can’t wait to get more of the same as part of Mo Marley’s U20 squad looking to make an impact in Germany.
Davey was England’s No.1 during the Women’s U17 World Cup in New Zealand in 2008, playing in every game as the Three Lions enjoyed a fantastic run to the semi-finals and eventually Fourth Place in the tournament.
But the Watford Ladies stopper is now focused on going even further with the U20s.
“Previously in the U17s World Cup, that was amazing but with this [tournament] there’s a lot more interest in it, there’s a lot more people going, it’s going to be twice as good. It’s just amazing and I’m so excited for it. I just want to get out there and get the games started and start playing,” Davey told FATV.
Competition for the number one spot within Marley’s side is strong, however, and having had to watch the recent Women’s U19s European Championship defence from the bench – as Rebecca Spencer’s understudy – Davey is determined to push as hard as she can for a starting position.
“Because I went to the U17s World Cup previously and I started every game, it was a different experience going to a tournament and being the one sat on the bench. You get a perspective of both sides of it,” she said.
“But I think I learnt a lot about myself and a lot about how to handle myself when I haven’t been picked and how to make sure the number one starting keeper is going to play the best they can.
“It’s always a good challenge to try and push the person ahead of you, and in training you can see you’re smashing shots at each other, trying to score and trying to push them right to the limit. So, yes, we do have a good competitiveness but it’s healthy.”
That level of professionalism and commitment will no doubt give coach Marley a few selection headaches when she comes to name her starting eleven for England’s opening clash with Nigeria on Wednesday, but it is no doubt a dilemma she will welcome if the Three Lions are to make their mark in Germany.