Kelly Smith is hoping to inspire England to the perfect World Cup campaign start, tomorrow.
Kelly Smith gave England Head Coach Hope Powell a huge boost ahead of their opening Women's World Cup qualifier against Austria, by making her first appearance since the Euro 2005 Finals on Sunday.
Kelly played the final 25 minutes of Arsenal's 5-1 win away to Bristol Academy and gave a virtuoso performance during her time on the field which included a well taken goal, sliding home a left foot shot from 15 yards from an Alex Scott cross.
"I was happy to get on the scoresheet," a smiling Kelly told Women's Soccer Scene after the game. "I'm pleased to have got on really, the goal is an added bonus."
Kelly preferred to remain modest about her display and admitted there is lot more to come from her. "I don't feel sharp at all," she laughed.
"I felt a bit tired - I was only on the field for half an hour but haven't played since the European Championships so I'm not too sharp, even if I did look it. But there's still a long way to go, it's only the third game of the season."
So how far away is Kelly from getting back to her best?
"You can never tell, because I've been injured so much," she replied. "I would say maybe another month or so, coming on as sub and getting more time - maybe another four or five games and I'll be fully fit."
Kelly's attention this week is fully focused on England and she is looking forward to the start of the World Cup qualfying group.
"We had a training camp a couple of weeks ago and it was good just to get it under way again. Austria is our first game and we can't afford to lose that, we've got to go out there and get a point, or all three.
"We've got two years of games now and only one team qualifies from the group so we can't really slip up, and after the excitement of the Euros and the crowds that it drew, we want to keep that rollercoaster going and qualify for the World Cup."