The England midfielder continues her fortnightly column, looking ahead to Euro 2005.
Charlton Athletic and England midfielder Katie Chapman continues her fortnightly column by looking ahead to England's next two international games in the build-up to the 2005 UEFA European Women's Championship.
Hello everybody, I hope you are all well. I have just returned from Newcastle after doing a photo shoot with the England men’s squad. I travelled up there with Arsenal and England defender Faye White to meet up with the England team who were preparing to take on Azerbaijan in the World Cup qualifier.
The shoot was all in aid of promoting the Women’s Euro 2005 which are now only three months away and I can’t wait. I had my photo taken with Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand, which was cool but Faye ended up getting hers taken with David Beckham. We also managed to get in the squad photo as well which was quite a surprise!
It was great to meet the England squad and Frank Lampard is a player I really admire because he plays in my position. I also like Steven Gerrard because he is absolute quality and I’d like to think that my style of play is similar to his.
The Women’s Euros are getting closer and our build-up has been first class. Another friendly has just been confirmed against Norway on the 6th May. It is a tough fixture which will be good for us going into the tournament. The game is about a month before the start and we don’t want easy games now; we'll be hoping to get a result from that game to give us even more confidence going into the tournament.
Well, things have changed on the domestic front since I last spoke to you. Our rivals Arsenal are now top of the Women’s FA Nationwide Premier league by a point having won a couple of their games in hand and it is going to be very tight come the end of the season. The Gunners have three games to play and we have two but we still have to play each other so that looks like being the deciding game.
They are playing their last game in hand this weekend against Bristol Rovers and I can see Rovers doing us a favour because they are a great side. They have come up with a few surprises this season so hopefully they can do it again. If Bristol can sneak a draw in that game then it would leave us having to beat Arsenal to win the league.
It is brilliant that the league is so close once again this season because that makes it so exciting and good for women’s football. It is also great to play in competitive games and I love things that come down to the wire, a deciding game because it makes you want to play. Arsenal were beaten recently by Everton in the FA Cup semi-final so, just like any team, they can be beaten and I will have my fingers crossed for Rovers this weekend.
I was really busy last month with loads of games for Charlton and the Algarve Cup with England so it is nice to have a bit of time off. We didn’t play last weekend and we haven’t got a game this weekend either, so it gives me the chance to spend some time with my husband Mark and my son Harvey and do things together as a family.
Well, make sure you look out for Arsenal’s result on Sunday and I will speak to you soon.