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‘I can’t believe I’m here now’ – Everton’s Raso reflects on Australian half-century

Everton winger Hayley Raso says that she is amazed by the fact that she has reached the 50-cap mark for her country.

The 26-year-old completed a half-century of international appearances by featuring for The Westfield Matildas in their goalless draw with Sweden in Kalmar this evening.

Raso played the full 90 minutes for Tony Gustavsson’s side as they ended a three-match losing streak since returning to competitive action in April.

Speaking to Football Media Australia after the match, Raso admitted that picking up her 50th senior cap was a huge honour.

She said “It’s amazing, I actually only found out this morning. I knew that I was pretty close but I didn’t know that it was my 50th.

“I am pretty ecstatic about it. For me, there is no greater honour than representing my country and it is just a privilege to be out here today and to have got 50 caps.

“I can’t believe that I am here now, it is amazing to think that I debuted alongside Alanna (Kennedy) and Steph (Catley) back in 2012 and many years on, I am here playing my 50th game.”

While she was pleased with her personal accolade, Raso was arguably more delighted to see her country end their losing streak.

“We are coming off the back of a few tough games and some tough losses so for us, it was nice to go out there and get a clean sheet;” she said. “I think that we showed our fighting spirit today and that is the kind of belief that we need going into the Olympics.”

Raso’s debut for The Westfield Matildas came in a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on 24 June 2012. She has since gone on to become a regular in the side, representing her country at two FIFA Women’s World Cups.

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