Sold-out stadiums, increased media coverage and interest, Keira Walsh is delighted by the rise of the women’s game and believes that this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup is the perfect breeding ground for extending its remarkable growth.
The 22-year-old playmaker has earned 15 senior caps since her debut in November 2017 and her eye-catching midfield performances have placed her amongst the upper echelons of youthful talent on display in France.
The tournament is expected to be the biggest yet but Walsh believes that the Lionesses must perform well if the game is to further enhance its popularity in England at its current rapid rate of knots.
Speaking to Jack Hasler of the University of Derby’s Football Journalism course she said: “The rise has been huge. We know that if we want it to continue we have to put in the performances which we know we’re capable of at the World Cup.”
A part of the Lionesses’ Manchester City contingent, Walsh also remarked on the crowds and coverage expected to go to a new level in France.
“To know that a lot of the games have sold out and the amount of media that will be out there, it’s exciting,” said the midfielder.”
The World Cup will be Walsh’s first with England and she is massively looking forward to the opportunity to impress on the major stage.
“I can’t wait. As a young player going to my first World Cup I’m really excited. I want to go and enjoy it. I’m part of a great squad with great players who’ll hopefully be able to get the job done,” she said.
Victory in France would establish the Lionesses in English sporting folklore and Walsh thinks glory is a great possibility.
“We know that we’re one of the favourites. We’re going there with the belief that we can win. We know what we can do so it’s just down to us to deliver that under pressure,” she said.
Walsh and England get underway with their opening Group D game against Scotland on Sunday June 9 before meetings with Argentina and Japan as they embark on their quest for FIFA Women’s World Cup glory.
By Jack Hasler (@jackhasler23)