Sampson on Reading FC Women star
Mark Sampson, head coach of the England Women's team, has expressed excitement at the form of Fran Kirby - after naming the Royals star in his squad for two crucial qualifying ties.
The Reading FC Women forward will represent the Three Lions in games against Belarus and Ukraine later this month.
“I am really excited with this group. There is a real sense of positivity which, going into two difficult away matches, will be very important to help us perform to our maximum," said Sampson.
“We have a number of players really at the top of their game including Fran Kirby. She is a player with great potential who is really enjoying her football at the moment and playing very well. Having been involved in our age group squads we know she is a good person, she fits in with our philosophy and has fantastic technical ability, good football intelligence and a great work ethic. With two games in short space of time plus the challenge of being on the road for a prolonged period we will need every player to contribute positively on and off the pitch if we are to be at our best."