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After the disappointment of losing our opening group game to the Republic of Ireland, we have the chance to turn our attention to the two matches coming up over the next week - and what a big one to start with!
All of the squad are excited to be playing France this Sunday. France did really well in the World Cup and were great to watch as they reached the semi finals, but we are not scared. We understand that they are a good side but more than anything we are excited about the match.
From there we travel to Scotland for the game at Tynecastle next Thursday but, to be honest, we are not really focusing on that game right now. We know that they are also a good side and we just have to recover well after the France match and be 100 per cent when we concentrate on Scotland.
We did play Scotland earlier this year in a friendly and lost 4-2 but I don't think that game will have any bearing. I feel that both sides are different from the ones that played then, especially from our point of view.
The performance against Ireland was generally a good one overall but it was frustrating not to get anything out of the game. Nevertheless we shall be looking to build on this for the ones coming up. I think that, from most games, more than one improvement is always needed, but our main one is obviously to take our chances - which we didn't do against Ireland. No doubt we shall look into that as we prepare for the France game.
The squad for the two matches include a number of youngsters who have been called up for the first time, as well as the ones which are already there. Their talent is quite obvious for us all to see and future looks to be in great hands for Wales.
Since doing my last column I was privileged and honoured to be voted as the winner of the FAW Women's Player of the Year award. I'm still in shock at winning the award but it is obviously a great achievement - I have been enjoying my football so I am just going to continue to do that. A few of the players could have won it as Wales have had a great year, so well done to the girls.
I would also like to offer my congratulations to Nia Jones and Amie Lea, who were the other award winners on the night, winning the Young Player of the Year and Club Player of the Year. Their hard work and commitment is evident and they deserved their awards. I'm happy for both of them!
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