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Building on last year's success...
 Women's Football News 24 Feb 2012
Building on last year's success... - 24 Feb 2012 - Women's Football NewsFrom a personal point of view - and I'm pretty sure I can speak for the whole squad when I say that - we are really excited and looking forward to the Algarve Cup. 
Our group opponents are of a good standard - Portugal always give us a tricky game and the game against Republic of Ireland is a good test for us. Hungary are a bit of an unknown quantity but that is always good for a team to experience new sides.
I think that our aim will be to build on last year's success. Yes, the majority of the squad are out of season but that is why this tournament comes at a perfect time. We were going into the WSL campaign last year as well so I don't think it will have too much bearing on it - we will just go to put into practice what we have been working on and hopefully we can repeat last year's achievement of winning our group and finishing up playing a team of the quality of China.
The Algarve Cup has become a really important tournament for Wales, so much work can be done during its duration. It is a good chance for the squad to get together for an amount of time, gel and play some football. It set us up for a good year last time around and we hope it does the same this year.
To a certain extent, is has been a little frustrating to have had to wait three months since our last international. However I feel, come the end of last year, a lot of our squad were happy for a break. The WSL season was short but intense and our end of year international dates didn't fit too well with the end of the domestic league, so the girls did well to stay fit even though they weren't playing inbetween appearances for Wales. So I think the break was welcomed this time around.
It is also a chance to welcome two new uncapped players into our evolving squad. Sarah Wiltshire has been around for a while and is a great player and her arrival is obviously a big boost. I didn't realise at all that she could qualify for Wales - she came to a training day and really impressed, then she came to our Senior Camp last week and continued to impress and got her call up. She's an exciting addition to the squad and will offer us something different.
Kayleigh Green has been in the youth set ups in the past - I remember playing with her in the Under-19 and she was then, and still is now, a good solid player. She took some time out but has now come back stronger, fitter and has been playing well for her club, so she is another one who deserves her chance and can add something. Our squad is looking really good and strong.
After being stuck on 49 for some time, I can win my 50th cap in the Algarve if all goes well. I didn't think when I started playing that would be a figure I would reach, to be honest I never really thought about it all that much, I just wanted to play as many games as possible for my country. However I am there and it obviously means a lot to me. Also, Gwen Harries and Katie Sherwood could possibly win their 50th caps as well - congratulations girls, keep going!

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