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London City Lionesses midfielder knows that confidence is key to regular starts

London City Lionesses midfielder Annie Rossiter has highlighted her self-confidence as an area to work on as she looks to claim a starting place in the side.

The teenager has featured in all six of The Pride’s FA Women’s Championship fixtures so far this season but every appearance has seen Rossiter come off the bench.

The challenge is now for the player to begin to force her way into the reckoning for regular starts and Rossiter believes that improving her self-confidence is one area to build on.

Speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time in London City Lionesses’ midweek press conference, Rossiter said “For me it is about confidence levels and going out there and showing what I can do.

“Sometimes, I hold back a little bit but it is all about the team. I want whoever has taken my place to do the best they can but when it is my time to come on, I can hopefully make a real impact.”

Rossiter has made three starts in the FA Women’s Championship for The Pride in total. The player undoubtedly has a bright future in the game and her time to shine will come. The midfielder’s development could be helped by the strong characters in the London City Lionesses dressing room this season.

The youngster went on to add “We have a lot of leaders in the team, I could probably name four, five or even six captains.

“They are always getting around me and helping me and they tell me if I do something good or something which could be better.

“Mel (Phillips) and the coaches are the same, they are always getting around me and it is always a positive environment for me to improve.”

Rossiter has been a Lioness since the very start of the club’s journey and has developed some strong bonds with her teammates. While there has been plenty of change at Princes Park, the midfielder believes that tight-knit friendships are what can really make the squad come together and be a special group.

“I think that the character in the team has changed a lot” she said. “Off the pitch, we have done a lot of team bonding and getting to know ourselves as players.

“The most important thing for us are the friendships both on and off the pitch, everything we do is together.”

Rossiter will be hoping for another opportunity to impress in a London City Lionesses shirt when they take on Leicester City at Princes Park on Sunday.

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