Manchester City and England international forward Lauren Hemp believes that there is plenty of room for her to improve for both club and country.
The 20-year-old has scored five goals and provided six assists for Manchester City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League so far this season while she has also been a shining light for the club in their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign.
Hemp has been selected in England interim head coach Hege Riise’s 24-player squad for the upcoming friendlies against France and Canada. Despite her recent good form, Hemp says that she can improve further when representing her club or country.
“If I keep working hard, keep being consistent in my games in months to come, I may reach my best form,” Hemp said when speaking to FAWSL Full-Time in an England press conference. “I’d like to think that I am doing well at club but I know that there is still so much more that I can do.
“If I keep working hard, these things will be consistent and hopefully, my form will continue. I’ll keep working hard and keep trying to improve every day and I will only get better.”
Hemp could pick up her seventh and eighth senior international caps over the course of the next week. While she is one of the newer members of the senior squad, the youngster says that her previous experiences in the England youth setup have given her a good platform to build on at senior level.
“It does prepare you quite a lot,” said Hemp when reflecting on the benefits of England youth experience when transitioning to the senior team. “The experiences you get when you’re younger, travelling different places, seeing different sights, being in a team which has come from lots of different teams (club teams) and meeting new people definitely helps you with the step up to senior level.
“From a young age, you learn the England DNA and how we want to play. Going to these different tournaments like the Under-20s World Cup, the EUROs at Under-17s and Under-19s, all of those experiences help make that step up that little bit easier.”
Hemp has gained so much experience so early in her career and she believes that her confidence has been the biggest factor in helping her kick on and establish herself in the game as a senior player.
“I think it is mainly confidence that has helped me,” said Hemp. “Over the last few years, my confidence has just grown when being around people who have helped me believe in myself.
“The managers have believed in me and have given me opportunities at a young age, Gaz (Taylor) has put his faith in me to be in the City starting line-up now and again which is nice.
“The players around me have given me the confidence to take players on, drive at players because that is what I do well.
“Once I get that confidence, it drives me on to keep improving and in the last few years, that has been the main thing for me.”
Hemp will be hoping for another opportunity to impress in an England shirt when the Lionesses face France in Caen on Friday evening.