Forest defender hopes to banish U19s disappointment in Germany.
FIFA U20 Women's World Cup
13 July - 1 August 2010
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Lyndsey Cunningham’s summer got off to a busy start when she was part of Mo Marley’s England U19s squad that provided such a strong defence of their European Championship title in Macedonia.
The Nottingham Forest defender played a significant role in the side’s qualification for the Finals earlier this year and then played in all but one of the tournament games as The Three Lions roared into the Final where they were narrowly defeated 2-1 by France.
“It was my first big tournament so I was very excited about it,” Cunningham told FATV. “It’s still a massive achievement to get to a Final so we were still pleased but a bit disappointed about the end result.”
Speaking ahead of England’s opening game at the FIFA U20s World Cup in Germany, Cunningham – along with a large number of other U19s involved in Macedonia – now has the opportunity to go one step further in another major championship.
And that is very much where the 18-year-old’s ambitions lie.
“First and foremost [I want] to try and win this World Cup. That would be a massive achievement.
“At the moment there is just excitement to get kicked-off and hopefully start off with a win,” said Cunningham.
With only 24 hours before England get their campaign underway against Nigeria, that excitement will no doubt be intensified but with the experienced Mo Marley in charge, the Three Lions have a steadying influence who has seen it and done it all before.
And that can only be a positive as England go for glory in Germany.