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Within the next week, our destiny will be decided as we go into the Euro 2013 play-off matches with Spain, the first of which is at Hampden Park on Saturday.
The squad is in great spirits ahead of the two play-off matches, everyone is well aware of the magnitude of these games and we are all just excited to get them underway.
Speaking for myself, these are definitely the biggest games I will ever have been involved in. I know that some of the other girls that were a part of the squad who played Russia in the play-offs a few years ago are even more determined not to go through the heartache of losing out on reaching the finals again.
A lot of time and effort from the coaching staff has been put in to get as much information on Spain as possible. We expect them to be your typical Spanish side, they will be technically good on the ball and look to move it around quickly in attack.
I don't really know that much about their individual players but we are all learning from each other and passing on information, for example Kim Little and Jennifer Beattie played against Barcelona in the Champions League recently. We have had a few team meetings to get as much information as possible so come kick off time on Saturday we will be raring to go.
I think it will definitely help us with the fact that we have several players with previous play-off experience, they have made it clear to the rest of us that haven't had that experience just how hard it is to take. As a squad we want to make sure we don't have to go through that again.
It has been a busy few weeks for a lot of players with important domestic games and also in the Champions League. Playing important/competitive games will certainly help the team overall though, because it helps keep everyone sharp, so in terms of preparation we couldn't have had it any better.
The whole squad is extremely excited to walk out onto Hampden Park, it will be the first time a women's national has played at the stadium so we will be looking to mark the occasion with a win. On a personal note, I cannot wait to represent my country in the national stadium. Ever since I was selected for the national team at youth levels it was always a dream and I never really expected it to become a reality. If I am being honest, my family are more excited than me, if that is even possible!
To qualify for the finals would not only be huge achievement for us but I feel it would do wonders for the women's game in this country. I would like to think that it would grab the attention of the media and draw more spectators out to come and watch us, not to mention it would help to increase the number of girls interested in the sport. We'll be giving it everything!
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