Rachel Yankey set to earn a record-equalling 125th England cap
England v Canada
A Women’s International
3pm, Sunday 7 April 2013
New York Stadium, Rotherham United FC
Live on FATV
by Glenn Lavery
Rachel Yankey is in line to equal Peter Shilton’s record 125 England appearances.
The winger will match this tally if she plays against Canada at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After Yankey set a new England Women’s appearance record against Croatia last September there were questions in some quarters as to whether she would retire from international football.
However, her key role in last month’s Cyprus Cup campaign quickly silenced any doubters, as she slammed home the winning goal against the Canadians in the Final, prompting her captain, Casey Stoney, to proclaim that Yankey is playing better than ever.
And the 33-year-old said of equalling Shilton’s record: "It's not something I thought I would ever achieve.
"Peter Shilton is a legend, it will be absolutely amazing to say I've played as many England games as he did.
“I still enjoy playing for England and if I can get more caps and go to the Euros then that would be brilliant for me.
"I just want to keep on playing. I still feel privileged to be out there.”
Yankey knows John Herdman’s side will provide another tough test, but she has her eyes set on a second morale-boosting win inside four weeks as preparations for this summer's European Championship Finals really start to hot up.
She added: “It will be another difficult game, probably even more so than last month because they are going to want a bit of revenge.
“That’s probably what we need. We need to be tested regularly with the Euros coming up and there aren’t much tougher tests than Canada.
“They are a good side. They are physical but they can play a bit as well. We’ve had the experience of playing against their diamond formation twice before now so hopefully we know what to expect, but we have to be prepared for any changes or tweaks to their system.
“We played well in Cyprus. We had a game plan, we stuck to it and came away with the win. Hopefully we can do the same again.”
Tickets for the Canada game are priced at just £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions (U16s and over 65s) with U8s going free when accompanied by a paying adult. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is priced at just £10
But if you can't be there to cheer on the girls in person, then tune in to FATV from 2.45pm to watch all of the action unfold live