Everton's Chantelle Parry is hopeful that England can make a bigger impact at Euro 2006.
England v Faroe Islands
UEFA Women's U19 European Championship
First Qualifying Round
Pirelli Stadium, Burton Albion
27 September 2005, 6.30pm
Everton's Chantelle Parry experienced a taste of tournament football in the summer with England U19s, and is hopeful that The Three Lions can make a bigger impact in the UEFA European U19 Women's Championship this time around.
"I'm looking forward to it all starting again, and hopefully we can get to the Finals again this time," Chantelle told Women's Soccer Scene. "We'll have home support for the matches and hopefully we can get people behind us."
Chantelle, one of the rising young stars of women's football, was a member of the England squad which narrowly failed to reach the semi finals in Hungary during the summer, but she feels that the experience of a major tournament will have done the squad a lot of good.
"We've got a strong squad that gets on well together," she says. "After what happened in the summer, we are extra determined that we want to go one better this time. We've had a taste of the Finals and enjoyed it, and we want to do it all again.
"I have never played against Croatia or the Faroe Islands, so they will be new opponents for me. The big match is obviously against Scotland, which is the last game and should be the group decider.
"We've only lost three of the players from Hungary, so it is still a nice young squad which is quite experienced in these games as well. Fern Whelan is getting better all the time, Dani Bird always performs well at this level, Jill Scott (pictured below) and Steph Houghton are also really good players but I could name many more who stand out."
Chantelle herself has made a good start to the season with Everton, scoring three goals as the Toffees have moved into top spot in the National Division. The youngster gave a very impressive performance as a lone striker in last season's FA Women's Cup Final but has reverted to playing on the wing.
"I'm pleased with the way I am playing at the moment," says Chantelle. "I'm scoring goals at the moment, but I don't usually get many!
"In the summer, before going to Hungary, I played for IBV in Iceland along with my Everton team mate Danielle Hill. It was tough football and a good standard, and playing there has got my fitness levels up.
"This season we seem to have gelled better, the team is full of confidence and we really believe we can get some silverware."
But for now, Chantelle's thoughts are solely on qualification for the next round and moving closer to next year's Finals which are in Switzerland.
TheFA.com will bring you a match report tomorrow morning from tonight's first match.
Ticket prices will be £3 for adults and £1 for concessions on sale from the turnstiles (no advance ticket sales), so why not get yourself along and support the team this evening.