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The Cyprus Cup is a vital competition in terms of preparations for the year ahead, so this year will be no different to us.
Obviously our main aim is to get the best preparation possible for the World Cup qualifiers which begin later this year but we will still be going to Cyprus with the aim to win all our games.
We have been drawn in a tough group but I am more than confident that we can cause problems for these team and there is no reason why we can't top our group. We have proved before that we can compete against the best teams and these teams will definitely force us to have to do that.
To be drawn against the Auld Enemy again is great because it always adds something a little extra to the game. They will be out to rectify the result from the last time we met but I believe that they will meet a tough Scotland team who have improved over the last couple of years so it is definitely going to be a game to look out for.
Unfortunately I haven't had the privilege of playing England at a senior level but my last memory of playing them was at the Under-19 Euro Championships in Macedonia. Playing against any home nation is always a battle because there is always that rivalry between the teams so I am sure stepping up to senior level will be no different.
Playing two games in the USA against the current Olympic Champions was a fantastic experience and one I will never forget. The whole trip was made enjoyable from the facilities we trained and stayed at, to the team outings and obviously playing in front of great crowds against top players. It was inspiring to go there and experience first hand their way of life, everywhere we went people knew who we were and what we were there to do. We are a long way off from that kind of exposure in this country but it is definitely something to strive for.
I think the first result of 4-1 was maybe a little bit heavy, although we didn't play to our potential in the first half we came back out a much better team in the second and had a real go and them and caused them a few problems. However the goals they scored were world class and they were clinical in taking the chances they created.
In the second game I felt we started very brightly and pinned them back - we felt we had more possession in the first half than we did in the whole of the first game. Unfortunately we couldn't turn that possession into goals. However in the second half we felt we let ourselves down a little bit in the first 20 minutes, we came under a lot of pressure and allowed them to kill the game with two goals. We managed to pick ourselves up and for the remainder of the game battled hard and got what we deserved - a great goal by Suzanne Grant!
It was a fantastic achievement for Granti (Suzanne Grant) to not only reach 100 caps but to also mark it by scoring against who is known as the best goalkeeper in the world. We couldn't be happier for her and we hope to see many more goals and caps added to her tally.
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