Christiansen wants to put on a star turn at the Euros

Monday 12 Sep 2016
Izzy Christiansen has scored three goals in eight internationals
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Izzy Christiansen wants to go from avid spectator to key protagonist the next time England are involved at a major tournament.

The 24-year-old watched the Lionesses’ historic World Cup campaign on television last year.

But after helping Mark Sampson’s squad qualify for the Euro 2017 finals, she is desperate to be a part of the action in Netherlands.

England v Estonia

UEFA Women's Euro 2017
Group 7 qualifier
7.05pm BST, Thursday 15 September
Meadow Lane, Notts County
Tickets priced £7.50 adults, £3.50 children

Christiansen said: “With the way we’re evolving, to be a part of this England team next summer is at the forefront of everything I do.

“What the girls did in Canada; I want to be a part of that next time, I want to help the team in any way I can.

“It’s a huge target for every player, (a) to be selected for the squad and (b) to get gold for England.

“The girls did such a fantastic job in Canada. The played incredibly well and to win a bronze medal was nothing short of inspiring. There’s no other word for it.

“They gave the nation such a huge lift and everyone was talking about them.

“And now the only way to better that is to go and get gold next summer.

“Gold is at the very front of our minds and we’re up for the challenge.”

Christiansen has played a big role in England’s Euro qualifying campaign.

She scored on her debut last September, an 8-0 win in Estonia, and also netted in the 7-0 win over Serbia in Wycombe.

England have qualified for the finals with two matches to spare.

They entertain Estonia at Meadow Lane on Thursday night before taking on Belgium five days later, a match which should decide who tops Group 7.

Christiansen added: “We’ve been very professional throughout this campaign.

“We’ve gone about our business very well and we have improved game by game.

“To qualify with two games left is a great achievement, and now we can use these last two games as building blocks. We can continue our development with a view to next summer.

“But we’ll still be looking to win both games, without a doubt.

“And not just win them, but improve our performances and mentality at the same time.”

You can read more from Christiansen in the official matchday programme.

Tickets for the Estonia match are priced £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. A family ticket is available, via phone booking only, priced £15 (two adults and two children).

Tickets can be bought via TheFA.com/Tickets or by calling 0115 955 7210.

By Glenn Lavery