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After nearly three months of waiting, the crucial final match of our Euro 2013 qualifying group match against Scotland finally takes place this Saturday and a win should put us on the brink of a place in the play-offs.
I can't speak for other people in the squad but it is definitely the biggest game of my international career to date. I also believe that it is the biggest match ever for Welsh women's football. To be in this situation, after having to play in one of the strongest groups, speaks volumes for how we have done.
I think as a team and a group, we have learnt a lot since the last time we played Scotland and drew 2-2 at Tynecastle. We have grown as a team and matured and I think it will be key to the outcome of this game.
We do have a young squad, but I don't think we look at it like that anymore. I mean, we appreciate that it is young, however the youngsters have been involved now for a while and so are, just slowly but surely, making themselves a part of the furniture. We trust them and they have deserved that trust and belief, so we have every confidence in them and are sure they can handle the big occasion.
That said, having Jayne Ludlow fit and back in the squad again is a massive boost for all of us. What Jayne brings to our squad, in both quality and experience, is priceless and irreplaceable.
Since we last played a qualifying match against Israel back in June, our preparation has been really good. We have played three really different games, against North Korea and a double header with Belgium, and put in a great performance to finish the summer preparations. It was good to play such different opposition and although we know the match against Scotland will be different, we have prepared the best we can and are happy with the way we have played in each of these games.
Whatever happens on Saturday, I think everyone has been shocked and very complementary with the way we have been progressing. It is really good for teams to see that such a progress can be made in a short space of time. Obviously, getting the result we want is the aim on Saturday, however I think regardless of that, we will look back after the dust settles and be very happy with what we have achieved and how we have progressed in just 18 months.
I am completely confident that getting to this position and matches of this importance will become the norm for Wales in the future. As long as we keep getting backing and that the backing keeps moving forward like women's football, that is the key.
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